The Business of Selling Electricity: Navigating Pennsylvania Regulatory Compliance in Today’s Post-Polar Vortex World and Avoiding or Defending TCPA Claims

DATE: November 29, 2016

TIME: Noon - 1:00 p.m. EST

LOCATION: Webinar

ABOUT THE PROGRAM. This is the fourth in a series of sessions sponsored by Eckert Seamans intended to provide insight and tips on selected issues affecting energy suppliers. In addition, this webinar will be of interest to any company that engages in telemarketing. 

Please join moderator Deanne O’Dell and panelists Karen Moury and Peter Horne for the in-depth discussion, the purpose of which is twofold:

PART I: NAVIGATING REGULATORY COMPLIANCE POST POLAR VORTEX
Ensuring compliance with current Pennsylvania regulatory requirements requires a good understanding of recent Pennsylvania public utility cases. These cases involve complaints against suppliers initiated by consumer advocates, the attorney general, prosecutory staff, and/or individual customers. Many of these actions include interpretations and guidance regarding regulations that became effective in direct response to the Polar Vortex. Join Karen O. Moury, who previously served as director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Competitive Market Oversight, and more recently represents suppliers in several high profile Pennsylvania cases, as she shares her unique insight and tips for navigating regulatory compliance in today’s environment. (Panelist: Karen O. Moury)

PART II: GOOD PRACTICES TO AVOID TCPA ACTIONS AND THE ANATOMY OF DEFENDING TCPA CLAIMS
Though Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) more than 25 years ago, technological advancements have led to novel TCPA regulatory and compliance issues and challenges for businesses that engage in or utilize telemarketing. There has been a recent proliferation of TCPA litigation that has plagued businesses across all industries. These actions can result in significant financial risk for companies. As just one example, in 2014, a company agreed to pay $75.5 million to settle a TCPA claim. Join Peter J. Horne, who currently represents various defendants in TCPA litigation, as he discusses the types of claims that suppliers may face, the defense strategies available, and tips to avoid and/or mitigate the risks of these types of actions. Included with his presentation will be a discussion of currently unresolved TCPA litigation issues and appellate proceedings to keep monitoring as these developments will greatly impact the defense of TCPA claims moving forward. (Panelist: Peter J. Horne)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Persons tasked with ensuring Pennsylvania regulatory compliance and developing marketing for retail energy suppliers of any size will benefit from this webinar. In addition, persons responsible for any company’s telemarketing campaigns and/or addressing any threatened or actual claims of violations of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act will benefit from this program.

RSVP. To register for this event, please contact Kate Cromie at kcromie@eckertseamans.com.

Webinar access information and instructions will be provided upon registration.