Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit today after they received unsolicited text messages from the Donald Trump campaign.
Under the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act, it is illegal to send unsolicited text or SMS messages using an automated telephone dialing system. For some recipients, those messages cost money.
Despite this, thousands of cell phone users received the message in March.
‘The source of the message was “88022,” which is leased by Trump for President or its affiliates and is used for operating Trump for President’s text message marketing program, according to the lawsuit. The same text messages were sent to thousands of wireless telephone numbers or randomly generated phone numbers using a bulk-messaging software by the company Tatango Inc., which advertises that a person can schedule a text message to be simultaneously sent to 42,435 cellphone numbers, the lawsuit said.’
Two plaintiffs, Joshua Thorne and David Roberts, filed the lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Northeastern District of Illinois District. The plaintiffs are seeking the maximum penalty of $1,500 per text, which would translate into millions of dollars owed to all the recipients of the texts, who would be named as class members.
‘This was a mass, unsolicited communication of promotional messages that the plaintiffs didn’t consent to receive. How the Trump campaign went about getting their list of numbers we don’t know yet, but they don’t appear to have done it correctly and legally.’
As of June, USA Today reported that Donald Trump is involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits currently, 70 of which were filed after he announced his candidacy. The sheer scope of that is mind-boggling, but having a nominee for President of the United States who has committed enough shady business practices to be sued thousands of times is even more so. In fact, it’s unprecedented.
Trump’s lawsuits range from 206 contract disputes in which Trump refused to pay for projects that failed, to 130 lawsuits brought by Trump’s former employees who say they were not paid fairly, to 6 separate cases brought against his campaign, including the illegal text messaging suit.
It doesn’t sound as if Thorne’s and Roberts’s attorney, Joseph Siprut, is going to let Trump get away with this one, either.
‘Based on the information we have at this point, we’re very confident that a violation was made and we intend to pursue it to the gates of hell.’
See John Oliver’s segment from HBO’s Last Week Tonight on the many lawsuits of Donald Trump below:
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