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Seventh Circuit Says AT&T Autodialer Doesn’t Break U.S. Law (1)

Feb. 19, 2020, 7:18 PM; Updated: Feb. 19, 2020, 9:29 PM

Another federal appeals court has agreed with a narrower definition of which autodialers are covered by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, with the Seventh Circuit finding Wednesday that they must both store and produce phone numbers “using a random or sequential number generator.”

The court said an AT&T system didn’t meet this standard because it “exclusively dials numbers stored in a customer database,” not from a number generator.

The Third and Eleventh circuits have also held that such autodialers require the use of randomly or sequentially generated phone numbers. Those rulings differ from a Ninth Circuit opinion in 2018 that...

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