BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The consumer protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP are now accepting inquiries from consumers who have received illegal text messages or automated telephone calls without their consent from the Huffington Post, Dell Inc. and other companies. Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), it is illegal for companies to contact consumers via automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and fax machines without their consent. Consumers who successfully pursue lawsuits for violations of the TCPA can be awarded $500 per violation, and as much as $1,500 per violation if they prove the conduct was willful or intentional.
Gilman Law LLP is offering legal assistance to any consumer who received text messages, automated phone calls or other communications from the Huffington Post, Dell Inc., or other entities that may have violated the TCPA. Consumers are advised to seek legal counsel immediately to ensure the statute of limitations governing TCPA lawsuits does not expire, eliminating their chances for any recovery.
Recently, both the Huffington Post and Dell, Inc. were named in consumer class action lawsuits alleging violations of the TCPA. The complaint against Dell, which was filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, alleges the lead plaintiff received more than 100 automated calls to her cell phone from Dell without her consent regarding a past due account. The class action lawsuit seeks to represent anyone who received a non-emergency phone call from Dell to their cell phone through the use of an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice and who did not provide prior express consent for such calls. (Case No. 12-cv-1899 H RBB)
The Huffington Post lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, on behalf of all persons who received one or more text messages from the Huffington Post or its agents after requesting that the text messages cease, or after otherwise communicating that the company did not have consent to send any text messages to their telephone number. The lead plaintiff in the complaint claims she signed up for Huffington Post’s text-based news update service, but continued to receive automated text messages at all hours of the day and night even after revoking her consent to receive the messages. (Case No. 12-cv-6138).
The filing of the Huffington Post and Dell lawsuits followed the announcement of a proposed settlement in a TCPA complaint filed last year against Heartland Automotive Services, Inc. (“Heartland”), the largest Jiffy Lube franchisee in America. The complaint, which was filed in the Southern District of California, alleged Defendants sent a promotional text message to millions of consumers who had not consented to receive such messages. Under the proposed settlement, Jiffy Lube has agreed to pay approximately $47 million in services to class members, and also agreed to obtain and retain “informed written consent” through “affirmative action on the part of the consumer through a clear statement regarding the receipt of text message advertisements.” (Case No. 3:11-MD-02261-JM-JMA)
Consumers who have received text message or automated phone calls from the Huffington Post, Dell, Inc. or any other company in violation of the TCPA are urged to seek legal counsel immediately. For a free TCPA lawsuit consultation, please contact the consumer protection lawyers at Gilman Law LLP today by visiting Gilmanlawllp.com, or call Toll Free at 1-888-252-0048.
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