About the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
Congress enacted the TCPA in 1991 to regulate the explosive growth of the telemarketing industry. In so doing, Congress recognized that “[u]nrestricted telemarketing . . . can be an intrusive invasion of privacy.” In addition to regulating telephone calls, the TCPA also applies to text messages and faxes.
Under the TCPA, companies must get prior express consent before making certain calls to consumers. And generally speaking, companies must stop calling consumers once the consumer asks the company to stop. For each unwanted call, a consumer may be able to collect between $500 and $1,500.