TCPAWorld After Dark: Two Quick Stories to Light a Fire

Story one:

Bursor and Fisher–the Plaintiffs’ firm behind the Javier win and the Rash Curtis & Associates (highest ever) TCPA settlement is apparently paying its lawyers bonuses MUCH MUCH higher than #biglaw:

We’ve been told that every lawyer who’s been with the firm for at least two years earned a bonus of $100,000 or more. Bonuses for lawyers who have been with the firm for one to six years ranged from $50,000 to about $575,000. Yes, you read that correctly. Someone received a bonus of more than half a million dollars. Yowza! Now that is a bonus.

HALF MILLION DOLLAR BONUSES.

Being paid by a plaintiff’s firm that primarily does “consumer protection” and privacy litigation.

Criminal.

Then again, THIS IS WHO YOU ARE UP AGAINST TCPAWORLD.

The sharks swimming in these waters are better funded than #biglaw. They’re more sophisticated. They’re smarter. They’re throwing around money to attract the best talent.

The best lawyers in the world are duking it out here in TCPAWorld, day in and day out. Make sure you’re armed up and come prepared.

Don’t let your company be taken down by the sharks.

Story two:

From a local news site in Tampa. Totally BIASED journalism. No effort to learn anything from the marketers side.

Were the calls made with consent? Who cares.

Did the guy set up the lawsuit using Doc Compton’s techniques? Who cares.

Were the companies making the calls told that the guy was interested in the products because, you know, he said he was? Who cares.

This is why R.E.A.C.H. is going to be SO SO SO SO SO important. A R.E.A.C.H. representative will be responding to EVERY SINGLE story like this in the nation. Both sides of this story need to be told– so that fault is placed where it belongs (fraudulent lead suppliers and dirtbag litigators) and not on the innocent companies being duped (one way or the other) into making calls:

Robocalls: You could be making $1.5K every time you get a call

Adam Ward says he’s practically tripled his cash over the last year, making thousands of dollars from trying to stop robocalls.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In a matter of three seconds, 6,000 robocalls have been dialed nationwide. Data from the voicemail app YouMail shows that robocalls are up across the country this past month —158.2 million per day. 

As astonishing as you might find those numbers, you could be making thousands of dollars just by fighting back on these calls.

Last year, we introduced you to Adam Ward. In one year, he made more than $20,000 fighting against the calls.

“I wanted to make them rethink it,” Ward told 10 Investigates. One year later, the fight hasn’t stopped. “I don’t know exact math off [the] top of my head,” Ward added. “It’s right around $60,000.”

Ward says the payoff is worth the amount of time it takes to do a little homework.

“I will say it takes a little bit of diligence,” he said, adding, “you gotta be willing to do some online research and really kind of dig in.”

Here’s how Ward is able to cash in on the calls.

What you need to cash in

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) allows penalties each time a company violates the National Do Not Call Registry and uses automatic dialing systems or pre-recorded messages in an illegal manner. 

The federal government uses the law to target harassing telemarketers in rare cases, but more importantly, the TCPA allows citizens to file lawsuits against telemarketers who may make tens of thousands of automated calls on any given day. 

“My phone rings ten times a day from telemarketers,” Ward said.

This is where Doc Compton comes in — he came up with the idea and the “turning robocalls into cash” kit.

If you go to the website robocalls.cash, you can get the kit for $47, which includes samples of the demand letters you send to the companies calling you, letting them know that they are breaking the law.

“Essentially, you have to take the call, you have to talk to the caller, get them to give you a little bit of information. The types of information that you’re going to try and get out of the caller varies depending on the types of calls that you’re getting, who it is that’s calling, when they’re calling and so on,” Compton explained in an earlier interview.

Ward said, “You have to act interested in the product. It’s trying to collect as much information as you can while you’re playing along.”

Fighting against robocalls while cashing in

So what has Ward done with the cash?

“I bought a nice new TV. That’s probably the biggest thing I splurge[d] [on],” Ward said. “The biggest one I settled on [was] for $20,000 even. That’s my biggest one to date.”

He says that’s nice, but now, he’s on a mission to fight back. On the day we talked with Ward, he had nine robocalls.

“One call — legitimately — [I talked] to my dad,” Ward said.

The rest were all robocalls. He says companies are targeting a certain group.

“90% of them that I’m getting now, it’s Medicare and it’s like, I’m far from being retired,” he added. “That’s one of the big things though with these companies they definitely prey on elderly people.”

Says Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, “That’s why I’m always pushing folks to report these calls. They seem like a nuisance. We don’t want to do anything about them but be part of the solution and report them.” 

She announced last month that her office has teamed up with states across the nation to investigate companies that help facilitate robocalls.

“You hear lawmakers talk about it, but it continues happening,” Ward said.

Which is all the reason he says to continue to fight back.

“Big picture not sure how much it’s helping but personally if you want to get fewer calls you can pursue these people if you put in time a few hours is all it takes,” he added.

How to get on ‘Do Not Call’ list

The big thing to remember is to make sure you have registered your number on the national “Do Not Call” list. You can do that by going to donotcall.gov or by calling 888-382-1222. 

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  1. Care to disclose how much each associate at TCPAWorld made during 2022, so we can compare that to the alleged $50K-575K bonus amounts paid out by that one big law firm? Then again, you say that they won the largest TCPA class action settlement ever. So, what were they supposed to do with that money?

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