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Court Vacates Opinion Finding Preview Dialers Within Scope of TCPA

Some relief has come to those using preview dialers to make telemarketing or informational calls to cell phones. The court in Nelson v. Santander 1 vacated its opinion of March 8, which held that preview dialers were automatic telephone dialing systems subject to regulation by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act 2.

The order was entered on June 7, on a joint motion and stipulation made by the parties. The case was dismissed, with prejudice, that same day. The order vacating the March 8 opinion is here.

While the March 8 opinion of Nelson v. Santander is no more, it provides a frightening lesson in how easily a seemingly compliant telephone system can be still construed as falling within the scope of the TCPA.


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  1. Nelson v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40799 (W.D. Wis. Mar. 8, 2013)
  2. 47 U.S.C. 227

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