Oral arguments in the lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding its Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) will begin Oct. 19. CUNA, along with other financial trade associations, filed an amicus brief last year asking the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to vacate the ruling.
The FCC released its TCPA order July 10 without a notice and comment period, and CUNA has multiple concerns that the ruling is impacting credit unions’ ability to contact members.
In its amicus brief, filed with the American Bankers Association and the Independent Community Bankers Association, CUNA stated the order “severely restricts the ability of financial institutions and other callers to engage in useful, and often urgent, communications with their customers and members.”
The brief is key to the lawsuit because it outlines specific concerns to credit unions and other smaller financial institutions.
It notes that if the TCPA order is upheld, its “onerous and burdensome” requirements may force those entities that have limited staff and resources to restrict wireless communications with their members and customers.
Since the FCC’s order, CUNA has: