High Court Must Avoid Robocall Scam ‘Green Light,’ Lawmakers Say

Oct. 22, 2020, 8:43 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court should back a broad reading of an anti-robocall statute to prevent consumers from being flooded with nuisance calls, 21 U.S. lawmakers said in a brief to the justices in a case involving Facebook Inc.

A narrow definition of what constitutes an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act would reverse “decades of precedent” and give “a green light to telemarketers and scammers,” Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and the other lawmakers said in their brief submitted Thursday in Facebook Inc. v. Duguid.

Circuit courts have split over how broadly to define an autodialer. Some circuits have included ...

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