FACEBOOK Ruling Resource Page

On April 1, 2021 the United States Supreme Court issued a critical ruling interpreting the TCPA’s ATDS definition.

Above is a redline of the ATDS definition following Facebook. 

Below are key resources to help you understand and apply the decision.*

TCPAWorld Written Analysis

Video Format Webinars and Discussion

Technology Risk Levels Post-Facebook

ATDS Caselaw Since Facebook — Updated Oct. 18, 2021

  • Montanez v. Future Vision Brain Bank, Civil Action No. 20-cv-02959-CMA-MEH, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 67091 (D. Col. April 7, 2021)(allowing ATDS allegations to survive the pleadings stage);
  • McEwen v. Nra of Am. & InfocisionNo. 2:20-cv-00153-LEN, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXISUnited (D. Me. April 14, 2021)(ruling ATDS must make “use” of R&SNG, not just have capacity to do so);
  • Camunas v. Nat’l Republican Senatorial Comm., CIVIL ACTION NO. 21-1005, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100125 (E.D. Pa.  May 26, 2021)(allegations system “calls phone numbers from a stored list using a random or sequential number generator to select those phone numbers” were insufficient to state a claim without more);
  • Barnett v. Bank of Am., N.A., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101171 (W.D.N.C. May 28, 2021)(Predictive dialer not an ATDS due to lack of evidence of r&sng);
  •  Timms v. Usaa Fed. Sav. Bank,  C/A No. 3:18-cv-01495-SAL, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108083 (D.S.C.  June 9, 2021)(Aspect predictive dialer not an ATDS. No evidence of R&SNG usage. fn7 limited to circumstances where R&SNG used to determine number sequence);
  •  Carl v. First Nat’l Bank of Omaha, Docket no. 2:19-cv-00504-GZS, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111889 (D Me.  June 15, 2021)(LiveVox dialing system may be an ATDS even post-Facebook due to FN 7);
  • Atkinson v. Pro Custom Solar Lcc, CIVIL NO. SA-21-CV-178-OLG, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 112396 (W.D. Tex.  June 16, 2021)(ATDS allegations survive the pleadings stage where present use of R&SNG to determine dial sequence alleged);
  • Watts v. Emergency Twenty Four, No. 20-cv-1820, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115053 (N.D. Ill. June 21, 2021)(Motion to dismiss granted where allegations demonstrated calls at issue were triggered by alarms and not called as a result of an R&SNG);
  • Hufnus v DoNotPayCase No. 20-cv-08701, Doc. No. __ (N.D. Cal. June 24, 2021)(System that called from list of customers not an ATDS because list was not randomly dialed; FN7 only applies where random numbers are called);
  • Gross v. Gg Homes, Case No. 3:21-cv-00271-DMS-BGS, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127596 (S.D. Cal.  July 8, 2021)(Court holds Facebook irrelevant at pleadings stage; holds allegations of automatic template texts sufficient to state a claim); reconsidered Gross v. Gg Homes, Case No. 3:21-cv-00271-DMS-BGS, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 198339 (S.D. Cal.  October 14, 2021)(Facebook is relevant at the pleadings stage after all and allegations of curated text messages do not state a claim because not random);
  • CallierEP-20-CV-00304-KC, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126769 (W.D. Tex.  May 10, 2021)(allegations of a pause upon receipt of unsolicited calls sufficient to state ATDS claim post-Facebook);
  • Barry v. Ally Fin.Case No. 20-12378, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129573 (E.D. Mich.  July 13, 2021)(Motion to dismiss granted as to targeted collection calls. Facebook requires usage of R&SNG, not just capacity. FN7 only applies to lists of random numbers);
  • Miles v. Medicredit, Case No. 20-cv-01186, Doc. No. 53 (E.D. Mo. July 14, 2021)(Following Gross and holding that Facebook not pertinent at pleadings stage);
  • Libby v. Nat’l Republican Senatorial Comm., No. 5:21-CV-197-DAE, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140103 (W.D. Tex.  July 27, 2021)(Allegations of generic campaign texts sufficient to plead ATDS usage);
  • Jance v. Homerun Offer LLC, No. CV-20-00482-TUC-JGZ, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143145 (D. Ariz. July 29, 2021)(pause allegations coupled with lack of consent and general marketing content sufficient to allege ATDS usage at the pleadings stage);
  • Borden v. Efinancial, LLC, No. C19-1430JLR, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 153086 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 13, 2021)(Motion to dismiss granted. FN7 only applies to lists of random numbers);
  • Garner v. Allstate Ins. Co.,  No. 20 C 4693, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163121 (N.D. Ill.  August 30, 2021)(allegations of predictive dialer usage consistent with ATDS pleading where marketing calls were made using spoofed numbers);
  • Grome v. Usaa Sav. Bank4:19-CV-3080, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164255 (D. Ne.  August 31, 2021)(Aspect not an ATDS as no present capacity to use an R&SNG to store or produce numbers. Capacity limited to present capacity);
  •  Franco v. Alorica Inc., No. 2:20-CV-05035-DOC-(KESx), 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164438 (C.D. Cal. July 27, 2021)(Debt collection calls cannot trigger TCPA since calls not made at random);
  • Tehrani v. Joie De Vivre Hospitality, LLCCase No. 19-cv-08168-EMC2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165392 (N.D. Cal. August 31, 2021)(only the generation of phone numbers using an R&SNG triggers the TCPA);
  • Laguardia v. Designer Brands, Case No. 2:20-cv-2311, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170704 (S.D. Oh.  September 9, 2021)(ATDS must produce phone numbers using an R&SNG. Use of a number generator to create identification numbers respecting text message notifications does not trigger the TCPA);
  • Brickman v. Facebook, Inc., Case No. 16-cv-00751-WHO, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175700 (N.D. Cal.  September 15, 2021)(Even if the text sequence were determined using an R&SNG that is not enough—only the use of an R&SNG to generate phone numbers is sufficient to trigger TCPA);
  • Jovanovic v. Srp Invs. Llc, No. CV-21-00393-PHX-JJT, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175631 (D. Az.  September 14, 2021)Receipt of a personalized text message from a long code is inconsistent with ATDS usage);
  • Poonja,, Case No. 20-cv-4388, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186809 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 29, 2021)(Presence of “stop” instruction in generic text from shortcode sufficient to survive pleadings stage post Facebook);
  • Smith v. Direct Bldg. Supplies, CIVIL ACTION No. 20-3583, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193657 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 7, 2021)(click and pause allegations sufficient to allege ATDS claim against caller with whom plaintiff had no previous relationship.)

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*Not legal advice. Consult a lawyer before deploying any new consumer outreach strategy.