Did you know that companies are not allowed to use an autodialer to send text messages to your phone without your consent?
Federal law gives you the right to sue a company that is sending text messages to your phone without your consent. Under this law, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), you are entitled to up to $1,500 per unwanted text message.
Some companies are spending millions of dollars to settle class action lawsuits for these kinds of violations. Recently, a taxi cab company agreed to settle a class action for illegal text messages for a total of $5.3 million, plus over $1 million in attorneys’ fees.
Despite these huge settlements, some companies do not get the message that they are not allowed to send illegal text messages to your cell phone without your consent. Sometimes, these companies buy lists of cell phone numbers from marketers to try to sell their goods and services to you, and assume that you will not know your rights. Other times, the companies are just unaware of these consumer protection laws designed to protect you from inconvenience.
The same law also says that consumers can get up to $1,500 per unwanted call to their cell phone if the call was made with an autodialer.
Bottom line, these companies do not count on you knowing your rights when they are violating the law.
We here at Gesund & Pailet have helped several consumers with bringing lawsuits under the TCPA, and we stand ready to help anyone else who is being bothered and harassed by these companies.