FTC Can Treat Soundboard Calls As Robocalls, Judge Says
Law360, New York (April 24, 2017, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A move by the Federal Trade Commission to extend robocalling restrictions to telemarketing calls that use so-called soundboard technology was constitutional and followed proper procedure, a D.C. federal judge ruled Monday.
U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta rejected an industry group's challenge to the rule, which targets technology that allows a live telemarketer to play prerecorded sound bites to a consumer. The group, the Soundboard Association, claimed the FTC shirked notice-and-comment requirements and violated the First Amendment when it issued a letter in November stating that regulations on robocalling apply to the technology.
On the procedural claim, Judge Mehta found the...
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