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October 28, 2019

New Robocall Case Gives SCOTUS Another Chance to Define Autodialer

A robocall lawsuit involving Facebook will give the U.S. Supreme Court another chance to define “autodialer,” Bloomberg Law reports.

Facebook has asked the High Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuit, in which the company was accused of using an autodialer to send messages to a plaintiff warning of suspicious log in attempts. The TCPA restricts the use of autodialers, but the legal system has gone without a national standard of one since the Federal Communications Commission’s definition was struck down by the D.C. Circuit in March 2018.

Courts across the country have disagreed over what constitutes an autodialer since then. One robocall lawyer said this case “could bring finality to this ongoing split over the statutory definition that’s at the heart of the TCPA.”

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