Supreme Court Will Hear Robocall Debt Collection Case (1)

Jan. 10, 2020, 10:37 PM; Updated: Jan. 10, 2020, 11:23 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a ruling that a federal robocall law exemption letting companies collect government-backed debt is unconstitutional.

The high court granted a Justice Department petition to review a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling overturning an amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which bars the use of autodialers to make telemarketing calls.

The Fourth Circuit ruled that the amendment violated the First Amendment, but that it didn’t invalidate the entire law.

Attorney General William Barr and the Federal Communications Commission asked the justices to review whether the correct remedy for a constitutional violation is to sever the exception from the rest of the statute.

The case is Barr v. Am. Ass’n of Political Consultants Inc., U.S., No. 19-631, petition for review granted 1/10/20.

(Updated with additional reporting)

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