Florida AG and FTC Obtain $23 Million Judgment in Robocall Enforcement Action

December 20, 2018

On December 14, the Florida Attorney General (AG) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announceda $23 million federal district court judgment against the owner of an Orlando-based “robocall” operation.  The massive robocall operation tricked consumers into paying upfront fees of $500 to $1500 for false credit card interest-rate-reduction and debt-elimination services, allegedly causing $23 million in consumer harm.

The settlement follows litigation filed in June 2016 alleging that the owner and 19 other defendants operated an illegal robocall scheme in violation of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. § 53(b), the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule, 15 U.S.C. § 45(a), and the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 6101-6108.  The Orlando federal district court judge temporarily enjoined the operation in 2016.  Settlements with the remaining 19 defendants are pending court approval…

July 25, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) marked another step in its effort to curtail illegal robocalls. During its recent Open Meeting, the FCC approved Notices of Inquiry (NOIs) into Call Authentication methods and into Advanced Methods to Target Unlawful Robocalls that, respectively, seek input on efforts to institute a caller ID-based “Trust Anchor,” and to develop a re-assigned numbers database.

Opening comments to the NOIs are due on August, 14, 2017 and August 28, 2017, respectively, with each having a 30-day deadline for replies. In addition to issuing the NOIs, the FCC also approved a forfeiture order against Dialing Services, LLC, marking the first time that the FCC has imposed liability against a telemarketing platform rather than a calling entity…

June 27, 2017

On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a first-of-its-kind Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) alleging that Adrian Abramovich, through numerous companies that he owned or operated, violated the Truth in Caller ID Act by placing more than 95 million robocalls to consumers while “knowingly causing the display of inaccurate caller ID information.”  The NAL proposes fines totaling $120 million, and seeks to hold Mr. Abramovich personally liable for the full amount.  Separately, the Commission released a citation against Mr. Abramovich on the same day for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the federal wire fraud statute…