Calif. Autodialer Decision Expands TCPA Defense Options

By Allison Grande (October 22, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT) -- A California judge recently ruled that dialing machines without number generators are not covered under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a novel holding that attorneys say provides companies with potent ammunition to dispose of increasingly frequent class actions over unwanted calls and texts.

In an order issued Oct. 3, Orange County Superior Judge Ronald Bauer held that Credit Management LP couldn't be exposed to liability under the TCPA, because the calling technology the company allegedly used to place unwanted calls to plaintiff Cynthia Stockwell didn't have a number generator.

"The decision could provide a new avenue of defense in TCPA class...

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