April 1, 2021 — Issue Brief

On April 1, 2021, in Facebook v. Duguid, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited interpretation of the definition of “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Relying almost exclusively on arcane grammatical rules instead of policy considerations, the Court interpreted the definition in a dangerously narrow way that is likely to dramatically increase the number of unwanted automated calls and texts to U.S. cellphones.