Federal Court Tosses TCPA Suit Over Hotel Booking Text Messages

A California federal court granted Singapore-based hotel booking firm Agoda Company Pte. Ltd.’s (“Agoda”) motion for summary judgment in a case involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The plaintiff alleged that the confirmation text he received after booking travel on Agoda’s website [“Good news! Your Agoda booking [number] is confirmed. Manage your booking with our free app (alongside a link to download the app)] was a violation of the TCPA because, in part, the message was a telemarketing message sent without plaintiff’s consent. The court agreed with Agoda’s argument that despite the confirmation text message being sent by an automated dialing system and the including a link to Agoda’s website, the message was not advertising under the TCPA – instead it was a message tied to the plaintiff’s existing transaction. Moreover, the court noted that the plaintiff provided…

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