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Sixth Circuit Limits Scope of “Unsolicited Advertisement” under the TCPA

Sixth Circuit Limits Scope of “Unsolicited Advertisement” under the TCPA

By: Joseph C. Wylie II, Molly K. McGinley, Nicole C. Mueller

The Sixth Circuit recently held that a facsimile which lacks commercial components on its face does not constitute an advertisement under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and ruled that the possibility of remote economic benefit to a defendant is “legally irrelevant” to determining whether the fax violates the TCPA. The Sixth Circuit’s narrow rule stands out among decisions from other courts that have adopted an expansive interpretation of “advertisement” under the TCPA, and demonstrates that the scope of the TCPA is indeed subject to limitations.

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