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U.S. Supreme Court upholds ban on cell phone political robocalls

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WASHINGTON (ABC) -- The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld a federal law prohibiting robocalls to cell phones, while striking down a carve out for government debt-collectors added in 2015.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the opinion.

"Six Members of the Court today conclude that Congress has impermissibly favored debt-collection speech over political and other speech, in violation of the First Amendment," Kavanaugh writes.

"Applying traditional severability principles, seven members of the court conclude that the entire 1991 robocall restriction should not be invalidated, but rather that the 2015 government-debt exception must be invalidated and severed from the remainder of the statute."

"As a result, plaintiffs still may not make political robocalls to cell phones, but their speech is now treated equally with debt-collection speech, Kavanaugh wrote.


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