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 September 13, 2010  Breaches, Court

Greg Land reports:

A now-defunct home improvement company has been hit with a $459 million “junk fax” judgment following a four-hour bench trial, said plaintiffs attorney Marc B. Hershovitz. The case, originally filed in 2003, targeted American Home Services Inc. for sending unsolicited fax advertisements to 306,000 class members in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

“That’s $1,500 per class member,” said Hershovitz. “American Home Services really liked sending junk faxes.”

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Melvin K. Westmoreland heard the case Monday morning and issued his ruling that afternoon, said Hershovitz. Prior to that, the case had been appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals, which upheld the class certification; the state Supreme Court declined to hear the resulting appeal, he said.

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