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Supreme Court Backs Facebook, Limits Federal Robocall Ban

  • Businesses win curbs on lawsuits in a unanimous ruling
  • Sotomayor writes that Congress ‘meant to use a scalpel’
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The U.S. Supreme Court limited the reach of the decades-old federal ban on robocalls, siding with business groups and throwing out a lawsuit that accused Facebook Inc. of repeatedly sending unwanted text messages.

The unanimous decision, which overturned a lower court ruling, said a key provision in the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act applies only to calling systems that use a random or sequential number generator, an approach that Facebook told the court has become all but obsolete.