SCOTUS Ruling Sides with CUNA on Auto Dialer Definition

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021
Washington, DC


Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Jim Nussle released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in favor of CUNA’s position in Facebook v. Duguid Thursday, supporting a narrow scope for the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) definition of an automated telephone dialing system (ATDS). 

“Today’s decision is a major victory for credit unions and their members, whose ability to communicate important information was hampered by an overly broad definition of an ATDS. A clear, narrow interpretation of ATDS brings much needed clarity to both the regulatory and legal landscape.” 

CUNA filed an amicus brief in the case, expressing concerns about the TCPA’s effect on credit unions who may rely on technology systems to efficiently and effectively contact their members with important information regarding their accounts, including mandatory servicing calls and fraud alerts. The Court agreed, with no Justices filing dissenting opinions.


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Lauren Williams
CUNA Communications