Sue the FCC in Small Claims Court
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications laws and regulations. The FCC regulates communications via radio, TV, wire, satellite, and cable.
The FCC claims to be the government agency focused on promoting competition, supporting the economy, determining media regulations, and “providing leadership in strengthening the defense of the nation’s communications infrastructure.” But what if in doing so, the FCC is actually causing harm or impeding on our freedoms as Americans? If this is the case, you may want to consider taking legal action. It is possible to sue the FCC in small claims court.
DoNotPay uses AI-powered technology to help you file a claim against anyone in small claims court. Filing a lawsuit against the FCC in small claims court is no small task, but it is made much easier with DoNotPay.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at:
- Reasons to file a lawsuit against the FCC
- The steps required to sue the FCC in small claims court
- How to win a legal case against the FCC
Reasons to Sue the FCC in Small Claims Court
Because the spectrum of FCC responsibilities is broad, there are an infinite number of reasons why someone might sue the FCC. The most common lawsuits are usually in reference to a few major issues:
|FCC’s Net Neutrality Decision||The FCC’s decision to repeal the net neutrality rules prompted a legal battle over the future of the Internet. Net neutrality is the principle that all Internet service providers must treat all Internet communications equally. Therefore, when the FCC announced in 2015 that it would repeal these rules, many argued that it violated federal law. 20+ states suing the FCC over their decision was the first major lawsuit to block the repeal of the agency’s net neutrality rules.|
|Wireless Communication Spectrum Reallocation||In 2021, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America filed a lawsuit against the FCC to prevent the agency from reallocating swaths of the 5.9 GHz wireless communication spectrum to non-transportation uses.|
|Censorship||According to the FCC’s website, the agency does not have the authority to censor broadcast material or impose any regulation that would interfere with freedom of speech as defined by the first amendment. A public FCC opinion states, “the public interest is best served by permitting free expression of views.” This principle ensures that the most diverse and opposing opinions will be expressed, even though some may be highly offensive. But that doesn’t mean that the FCC isn’t participating in censorship.
For example, the Courts have passed judgments related to “indecent material”. While such material is indeed protected by the First Amendment and cannot be banned, it may be restricted. Additionally, the courts have ruled that obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment and cannot be broadcast at any time.
But the definition of indecent and obscene material is subjective. At times it is critical to challenge the FCC on such restrictions in order to maintain freedom of speech.
File a Lawsuit Against the FCC by Yourself
Suing the FCC without a lawyer is not recommended because of the complex steps and required paperwork to file a lawsuit. But DoNotPay can help. Utilizing our products and/or consulting a legal professional will ensure you are properly prepared for the intense process and increase your odds of winning a small claims court case against any company.
How to use DoNotPay to Sue the FCC in Small Claims Court
DoNotPay is your answer to helping you with legal battles against the FCC. Using the world’s first robot lawyer, suing anyone is simple with just a press of a button. Our step-by-step process helps you navigate your legal claims with ease.
- Log-in to DoNotPay
- Select the Sue Now product
- Enter the dollar amount you are entitled to
- Select whether you want a demand letter or court filing forms
- Describe in detail the reason for the lawsuit and submit any applicable information and evidence, including photo proof
DoNotPay will generate the documents you requested, whether it’s a demand letter or court filing forms. DoNotPay will even mail a copy of the demand letter to the individual or business you are suing!
Sue Anyone in Small Claims Court
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- Sue Insurance companies
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- Dispute traffic or parking tickets
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- File a lawsuit against Uber or other ride-share companies
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