After a few sleepy weeks in TCPAWorld developments are now pouring in. (And of course they are because its the Friday before a long weekend.)
As I reported earlier, we’ve been waiting with baited breath for decisions applying Facebook, to date we have but three—and none are particularly noteworthy.
Well on Wednesday a Court in Massachusetts gave us a fourth ruling applying Facebook—but only on the narrow issue of whether a text is still a call.
In Barton v. Wellness, CIVIL ACTION NO. 20-40114-TSH, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100436 (D. Mass. May 26, 2021) the court held, in essence, that Facebook did not move the needle. Footnote 2 of the decision was perceived to be nothing more than a preservation of the status quo which—according to Barton—is a world in which the vast majority of courts to consider the issue have concluded a text message is a call.
So, for what its worth, at least one Court has now squarely held that a text is still a call for TCPA purposes even after Facebook. Which is not, at all, surprising since Facebook did not really address that issue to begin with.
Have a good long weekend TCPAWorld.
Yes, as predicted. The Supreme court gave special consideration to Facebook. What about the small businesses? This is why all businesses need TCPA protection to avoid lawsuits.