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Texas Tackles the TCPA
The Northern District of Texas picked a side on the national debate over what constitutes an ATDS.
By Christopher M. Jordan

T

hey say everything is bigger
in Texas, and that's the hope
businesses are counting on right
now when it comes to the Northern
District of Texas' recent dive into the
Telephone Consumer Protection Act pool,
which was more like a tidal wave than a
splash. At long last, a Texas court picked
a side on the national debate over what is
and is not an automatic telephone dialing
system (ATDS).
Navigating uncharted waters in Texas,
and the Fifth Circuit at large, Chief Judge
Barbara Lynn ruled in Adams v. Safe
Home Security Inc. that the TCPA requires
proof "that an ATDS must both store and

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produce numbers that are randomly or
sequentially generated and not merely store
any numbers."
The Northern District of Texas joins
cases across the country that are taking
the opposite stance of the Ninth Circuit,
including Gadelhak v. AT&T Corp., which is
currently under appeal at the Seventh Circuit
and being closely tracked by businesses for
favorable developments.
Instead of following the Ninth Circuit's
"everything including your cellphone is an
ATDS" logic, the Texas court takes the more
pragmatic and common-sense approach,
finding-wait for it-that the statute
actually means what it says. What a crazy

idea. In so doing, the Texas court made
three key holdings:
* An ATDS must both store and
produce numbers that are randomly or
sequentially generated and not merely
store any numbers.
* The Federal Communications
Commission's 2003 and 2008 orders
were vacated by the D.C. Circuit.
* A predictive dialer is not an ATDS
under the TCPA.
There are a few noteworthy points about
the Texas court's analysis. The first is that the
judge made this ruling at the very beginning
of the case when considering the defendant's
motion to dismiss for failure to plead ATDS.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Collector – November 2019

Upfront
Industry News
Best Practices
FYI
Collection Tips
Do Your Policies Measure Up?
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Call Evaluations
The (Slow) Race to Clarify the TCPA
Honor Roll
Calendar
Education Spotlight
ACA’s LevelUp Leadership Experience
Lead the Next Generation Through Mentorship
Texas Tackles the TCPA
Never Give Up
A Resource Every Member Needs
Rising to the Top
ACA SearchPoint
Ad Index
Membership
Last Word
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Collector – November 2019 - Upfront
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Collector – November 2019 - Industry News
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Collector – November 2019 - Best Practices
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Collector – November 2019 - Collection Tips
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Collector – November 2019 - Do Your Policies Measure Up?
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Collector – November 2019 - The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Call Evaluations
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Collector – November 2019 - The (Slow) Race to Clarify the TCPA
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Collector – November 2019 - Honor Roll
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Collector – November 2019 - Education Spotlight
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Collector – November 2019 - ACA’s LevelUp Leadership Experience
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Collector – November 2019 - Lead the Next Generation Through Mentorship
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Collector – November 2019 - Texas Tackles the TCPA
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Collector – November 2019 - Never Give Up
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Collector – November 2019 - A Resource Every Member Needs
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Collector – November 2019 - Rising to the Top
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Collector – November 2019 - ACA SearchPoint
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