Federal Appeals Court Calls Off Agency’s Robocall Ruling

“Are robocalls driving you nuts?” Probably. Every second, one thousand automatic calls are dialed in the United States—amounting to about 98 million robocalls every day. Hundreds of thousands of consumers have complained, prompting federal agencies to work to reduce these rampant calls. But a federal appeals court recently rejected one agency’s automated call restrictions. Regulated parties—led by ACA International, an association of credit collection professionals—asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review four parts of a 2015 order by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in which the agency interpreted the law governing robocalls. In response, the D.C. Circuit struck down two of the FCC’s interpretations. Specifically, the court invalidated the FCC’s interpretation of which devices it regulates and its interpretation of the provision about calling people who have switched their…

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