Reversing a lower court ruling, a federal appeals court has given consumers the right to prevent companies from calling them on their cellphones via automated dialing systems even if they had earlier given their consent to the contacts. The court on Thursday ruled against computer-maker Dell, which had argued that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 did not apply because the law failed to specifically spell out such protection. "Because the TCPA is a remedial statute, it should be construed to benefit consumers," Judge Jane Roth wrote in the unanimous decision.

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