'Robot Lawyer' Escapes TCPA Suit After Top Court Draws Line

By Max Jaeger (June 24, 2021, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A popular "robot lawyer" that automatically calls potential clients isn't an "autodialer" under federal consumer protection law given recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, a California federal judge ruled Thursday in tossing a proposed class action against the company behind the system.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said the DoNotPay platform's chatbots were only texting customers who had already handed over their contact information. As a result, the judge said, they don't violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's prohibitions on systems that dial randomly generated phone numbers.

"The platform only contacts phone numbers specifically provided by consumers during DoNotPay's registration process, and not...

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