California Court Of Appeal Decides That Blast Faxing Does Not Violate The Recipient’s Right Of Privacy For Purposes Of Insurance Coverage
In the age of email, text messaging, and Twitter, litigation focused on the sending of unwanted fax messages sounds old-fashioned. Indeed, it was nearly twenty years ago that Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C. § 227) ("TCPA"), which provides for damages of $500 per violation for sending fax spam to thousands of recipients at once. Citing freedom from nuisance, peace and quiet, and conservation of ink and paper, among other reasons, courts across the country have found liability for violations of the TCPA. Many courts, including the Supreme Courts of Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts, and courts of appeal in Ohio and Texas, have also found that violations of the TCPA are covered by the "personal and advertising injury" coverage in the standard commercial general liability policy, which typically includes the "oral or written publication of material that violates a person's right of privacy."