Why Is the TCPA Called a Bounty Hunter Statute?

“Why Is the TCPA Called a Bounty Hunter Statute?”

Why Is the TCPA Called a Bounty Hunter Statute?The TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) governs computer or robo dialed calls and text messages to your cell phone.

One common complaint by the companies who violate the law and get sued is that the law is unfair — it is a “bounty hunter” statute that awards people money even when they weren’t “harmed” by the illegal calls.

This is because the law says for each violation you can get $500 or up to $1500.

This adds up quite quickly.

Our courts describe this statute — in an approving way — as a bounty hunter statute.

A bounty hunter statute is one that encourages you to sue so that the bad guys will be brought to justice.

Kind of like in the old west with the “wanted dead or alive” posters.

The TCPA has been designed discourage violations and encourages compliance with the law.

The damages are to give you an incentive to sue so these law-breaking companies will stop abusing folks.  These companies are less likely to break the law when the damages can be so expensive for them.

This is a good thing.

Now the mortgage company or credit card company or debt collector has to stop and think.

“Are the high damages worth the illegal call campaign?”

If they feel it is worth the risk, then they will go forward.  But when you sue, this helps the decision-making process for these companies.  You help persuade them to follow the law, not break it.

If you have questions about the TCPA or calls to your cell phone, please feel free to get in touch with us by calling us at 205-879-2447 or contacting us through our website.

We’d be glad to answer your questions and help you figure out the best course of action.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

-John G. Watts
Watts & Herring, LLC
Birmingham and Madison Offices in Alabama
We represent consumers from all parts of Alabama

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