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Supreme Court Ruling Protects Banks’ Ability to Contact Customers

Supreme Court Ruling Protects Banks’ Ability to Contact Customers

Posted: Apr 07 2021
In a significant win for bank customers, the Supreme Court has confirmed that customers can receive important communications from their banks and other companies with whom they do business. The court issued its highly anticipated opinion in the case of Facebook v. Duguid—which addresses the definition of “automatic telephone dialing system,” commonly known as an “autodialer,” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
 
In the decision—which reversed that of a lower court—the Supreme Court offered a narrow interpretation of the definition of autodialer.  To qualify as an autodialer, “a device must have the capacity either to store a telephone number using a random or sequential number generator or to produce a telephone number using a random or sequential number generator,” the opinion said. This decision will enable banks to deliver routine, informational communications to their customers including low-balance alerts, fraud warnings and other time-sensitive calls with substantially less risk of liability under the TCPA.
 
To view the opinion, visit: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/19-511_p86b.pdf
 

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