6th Circ. Deepens Circuit Split Over Autodialers

Law360 (July 30, 2020, 8:58 PM EDT) -- A new Sixth Circuit ruling has added to the circuit split over what constitutes an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by accepting the broad interpretation a lower court used to rule against a Pennsylvania debt servicer for making unwanted calls.

The decision comes only months ahead of a U.S. Supreme Court case that will likely resolve the long-running disagreement over the TCPA's definition of an automatic telephone dial system, or ATDS.

Congress created the ATDS language when the TCPA was enacted in 1991, long before smartphone technology transformed how automatic calls are made, and the definition has been subject...

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