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Supreme Court rules for Facebook in dispute over texts; justices spar over ‘series-qualifier canon’

April 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for Facebook on Thursday in a dispute over the reach of a law that restricts calls to cellphones made with an “automatic telephone dialing system.”

The high court ruled that the provision in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 did not apply to Facebook’s targeted texts alerting users that an unrecognized browser had attempted to use their Facebook account.

The law applies only to autodialers that can store numbers “using a random or sequential number generator” or that can produce phone numbers using the random generator, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for the court.

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