Top Takeaways From the DC Circuit’s Long-Awaited TCPA Decision

By: Christine M. Reilly | Kristin E. Haule
– The Computer & Internet Lawyer

The old adage “good things come to those who wait” showed itself to be true when on March 16, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit released its hotly anticipated decision in ACA Int’l v. FCC, just shy of 17 months after oral argument. The decision, impacting a wide range of industries, including financial services, retail, and healthcare, set aside the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) overly expansive definition of “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS or autodialer) and its ruling on reassigned telephone numbers from 2015, but declined to set aside its rulings on revocation of consent and the scope of the exigent healthcare exemption applicable to wireless calls.