In Iowa, consumers are protected by a strong set of anti-robocall laws. Telemarketers are prohibited from sending robocalls or robotexts without the recipient's prior written consent. Iowa residents have a basic right to privacy. Some robocall victims may be eligible to file a lawsuit when their rights have been violated.
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Telemarketers have been harassing people with unwanted phone calls for decades, but this problem has gotten much worse in the internet age. Telemarketers, debt collectors, creditors, scammers, and other entities have used internet technology to send out millions of autodialed calls and prerecorded messages.
Pursuing A Robocall Lawsuit In Iowa
At this point, just about everyone is familiar with the nuisance of receiving a phone call from a number you don't know, but that may have a familiar area code - only to be greeted with an artificial voice when you answer.
If you're wondering how to stop this type of harassment, you've come to the right place. A federal law called the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), along with state laws in Iowa and other states, outlaws many of these calls.
Additionally, you may have the right to secure $500 to $1,500 per illegal call, text, and commercial fax by filing a robocall lawsuit. Our Iowa robocall lawyers can help you secure the financial compensation you're entitled to.
Iowa Robocall Laws
In Iowa, most calls using automatic dialing-announcing devices (or ADAD equipment) are prohibited under Iowa state robocall laws. These devices automatically send out phone calls with prerecorded messages, without the use of a live operator. The law prohibits the vast majority of commercial calls.
Calls are only permitted if the prerecorded message is no longer than seven seconds prior to a connection with a live operator. However, under federal law, recipients of these types of calls need to give their express written permission to receive them. If they have not done so, then the call is illegal.
What Types Of Calls Are Illegal Under the TCPA?
The TCPA was passed by the United States Congress in 1991 in order to respond to consumer concerns about telephone harassment. In recent years, this law has been amended in order to account for how internet technology has made it easier for telemarketers and other commercial callers to send out mass amounts of calls in short periods of time.
If you've been victimized by violations of the TCPA, you can recover $500 for each illegal, call, or text and $1,500 for each illegal contact that is found to be a willful violation of the TCPA.
Robocalls Are Illegal Without Express Written Permission
As mentioned above, the TCPA states that calls using autodialers and prerecorded messages are illegal unless the person being called has given their express written permission. This permission can be in the form of a physical paper form, an internet form, an email, a telephone keypress, or an audio recording of oral permission.
Additionally, the TCPA requires callers using prerecorded messages to provide an automated opt-out mechanism during the message, which allows you to revoke your consent. You're also permitted to revoke your consent at any other time in any reasonable manner.
Text Messages Are The Same As Calls
According to the TCPA, text messages are covered under the same rules as calls. If a business or telemarketer has sent you text messages that you never gave them express written permission to send, then they have broken the law. Like illegal robocalls, you can recover $500 to $1,500 for every illegal text you've received.
Filing A Robocall Lawsuit In Iowa
If you believe that you've received illegal robocalls, texts, or faxes, it's important to take legal action. You deserve to be financially compensated for the harassment you've been forced to endure. Additionally, as more consumers file robocall lawsuits, illegal calls may decrease and become less of a public nuisance because of the financial cost suffered by the companies who break the law.
For every call, text, or fax that you believe to be illegal, record the following information:
- The time and date of the call
- The phone number that called you
- The type of line on which you've received calls (cell phone or landline)
- Save recorded messages and faxes
- Screenshot text messages
- Note all other information, such as:
- Was there a prerecorded message?
- Was an automated opt-out mechanism provided?
- Did you hear a click, beep, or pause before a live operator came on the line?
- Have you continued to receive calls even after opting out?
Once you've noted as much information as possible related to potentially illegal calls, we suggest speaking with one of our experienced Iowa robocall lawyers. We can help guide you through the legal process and make sure you get the financial compensation you deserve. To learn more about how you can file a robocall lawsuit, contact us today for a free consultation.