Bloomberg Law
May 26, 2023, 4:53 PM

Cell Phones Count as Residential Lines for Spam Laws, Court Says

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert

In a blow to telemarketing firms and the companies that use them, a Michigan court ruled that mobile phone users can bring suits under laws protecting “residential” phones from spam calls.

In modern times, cell phones are often used to keep in touch with relatives or as a way for children to check in with their parents. Thus, state and federal laws prohibiting unwanted telemarketing can be brought by mobile phone users, who can prove they used their cells for these traditionally “residential” purposes, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

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