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IAF

merits; the parties involved; the jurisdiction;
the relevant history of the case; and other
factors set out in the application, which can
be found on the Industry Advancement
Program page under the Advocacy tab on
ACA's website.

AMICUS SUPPORT
Another primary focus of the IAF has
been the funding of ACA's participation
in appellate cases as an amicus curiae.
(Amicus participation in trial-level cases
can be done with the court's permission,
but it's most often seen in appellate
cases.) In these matters, ACA's goal is to
provide judges with industry perspective
and facts on critical and often abstruse
interpretations of law. This allows ACA to
be a voice for the ARM industry even in
cases in which ACA or its members have
no direct interest. Over the years, ACA has
provided amicus support in many cases
involving ACA members and in cases
involving non-members, where the issues
plainly had a nexus with industry interests.
In an amicus case, ACA works with its
appellate counsel-currently Gray Reed, led
by Jim Moseley, a former appellate judge
and FTC regional director under the Regan
administration-to craft a brief that helps
guide the court to a decision that not only
comports with the law but also makes sense
for the industry and the economy as a whole.

MATCHING FUNDS PROGRAM
The matching funds program, a new initiative
under the IAF, aims to provide members
with financial support up to $10,000 for cases
that do not rise to the level of "industry-wide
significance," but that nonetheless merit
support. Additional restrictions apply to the
matching-funds awards, as set forth on page 2
of the IAF application.
Most notably, the member-applicant
must have already paid out-of-pocket legal
fees and costs (exclusive of funds paid by
applicable insurance) equal to the amount
of the award. So, to receive a full $10,000
matching-funds award, the memberapplicant must have paid at least $10,000
in legal fees and costs for the case after

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"I saw the IAF as a way to put an end to the easy
settlements that the plaintiff's bar had come to rely on."
accounting for any amounts covered by the
member-applicant's insurance carrier.

OTHER ADVOCACY INITIATIVES
The IAF additionally covers the costs
of other advocacy initiatives. On the
judicial front, these include ACA's
successful pursuit of a preliminary
injunction against the Massachusetts
attorney general's emergency regulations
in ACA International v. Healey, as
well the hard-fought victory in ACA
International v. FCC, which overturned
the FCC's declaratory ruling affirming
its long-standing definition of an

automatic telephone dialing system.
Both decisions have had trickle-down
effects across the nation in the judicial
and regulatory spheres.
For more information about the IAF,
please review the instructions for the IAF
application, which can be found at www.
acainternational.org/industry-advancementprogram. If you have questions or want to
nominate a case for amicus support, email
ACA's corporate counsel, Colin Winkler, at
winkler@acainternational.org.
Colin Winkler is ACA International's
corporate counsel.

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