Unwanted Robocalls from a car dealership isn’t something unheard of, however a lot of us don’t notice the amount of time and energy lost on such nuisance calls. These take a toll on our lives. We might think that it is just the occasional nuisance however, a robocall just before a big presentation at the office or during other major life events would have a negative impact on such important events.
All of us are busy and every call we take, every second of our work schedule matters. It’s quite surprising that on average a United States phone subscriber receives 20 Robocalls a month. But did you know that Federal Regulations actually make it illegal for car dealerships to make such random Robocalls.
Moreover, we need to look at these constant calls as an intrusion into our privacy and that is exactly how the United States Congress sees it. Robocalls are a menace and the only way to deal with it is through the justice system.
By using the various provisions available by law we can hold these car dealerships responsible and impose punitive action.
What are Robocalls exactly?
Robocalls are recorded calls that we all receive that attempt to promote various products and services. These calls are made from an Automatic Telephone Dialing system that has the capacity to make numerous calls at the same time thus drastically reducing the costs of marketers.
Are Robocalls ever legal?
There are a few cases where Robocalls are legal, these include,
- Calls endorsing candidates for political office or for political campaigns.
- Charities asking for donations.
- Schools issuing closure alerts.
- Debt collectors.
- If a company has obtained your consent for making such Robocalls which can only be obtained by the signing of a form where the consent clause is visibly stated.
How can we stop Robocalls?
The easiest way is to just hang-up, but this doesn’t really put an end to all your worries.
One solution that could be permanent is registering on the National Do Not Call Registry. This should stop telemarketers from contacting you after 30 days.
What can I do if I keep getting such calls?
If you are still getting calls after registering on the National Do Not Call Registry, then you can file a complaint with the FTC or the Federal Communications Commission or both.
As per the TCPA, those who make robocalls or send text messages or “ringless” voicemails without the recipient’s consent are subject to civil and possible criminal penalties.
The violators could be charged up to 1500 dollars per call made.
Why encourage punitive action?
A lot of people may argue that it is not necessary to press charges against such car dealerships. These ideas maybe based on the notion that an unwarranted call now and then does no one any harm. However, as stated above robocalls don’t exactly know when to call, they may call during an important life event like the birth of a child or during a crisis event. Although this may not have happened to you, it would very well happen to someone you know. The idea of punitive action is to ensure that a large fine would effectively deter other players in the industry from adopting similar practices.
By pressing charges against such car dealerships now and bringing them to justice you can effectively ensure that the dealerships that hear about it will be discouraged from following such practices in the future.
Once you decide to bring thee dealerships to justice the next apprehension may very well be on how to go about it, here at Shamis and Gentile, P.A we specialize in such class action suits and will help you by putting you together with other such individuals who want to impose such punitive action against these dealerships. We at Shamis & Gentile, P.A. will work to plan and execute a class action suit on your behalf so that you wouldn’t have to worry about any of the legal aspects of your case.
If you or anyone you know are equally plagued by such calls, get in touch with us and we can together bring justice to such violators.
We are Shamis and Gentile, PA and we are here to help you get justice.