robocalls

An Indiana law banning robocalls will stand after a seven-year legal battle, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided this week not to review a lower court’s decision in the case.

The legal challenge from a group called Patriotic Veterans, Inc. started in 2010. It sought to create an exception for political messages in Indiana’s laws against robocalls. Current law allows campaigns and political groups to make live calls, even to numbers registered on the do not call list.

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A federal court says an Indiana law banning robocalls can bar political calls without violating the First Amendment. 

Indiana law bars anyone from making autodialed phone calls with just three exceptions – schools sending messages to parents, students and employees, employers calling workers about their schedule, or callers that have an existing relationship with a subscriber. 

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If you owe student debt, collectors are able to leave you automated messages on your cell phone – at least for now.

A federal budget law with language lifting a ban on debt collection robocalls to cell phones passed Monday. It conflicts with the Indiana do-not-call law’s ban on robocalls that aren’t for school or work purposes.

University of Hartford communication law professor Paul Siegel says ever since the technology came out, there have been reasons to ban all robocalling.