Jan 192010
 January 19, 2010  Posted by  Business, Court

Paul Egan reports:

Companies that send unsolicited faxes are the target of class-action lawsuits filed Monday in federal court in Detroit. … The lawsuits, which still must be certified as class actions, were filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which Congress passed in 1991.

Brian Wanca, an Illinois attorney representing lead plaintiff Imhoff Investment LLC of Bloomfield Hills, said the law makes it illegal to fax unsolicited advertising and entitles fax recipients to damages of $500 per fax. A judge can triple those damages if it’s found the violation was knowing and willful, Wanca said.

Records show similar suits have brought judgments and settlements of more than $10 million since the law was passed.

Stephen Bean, who does business as Stephen Bean & Associates and atermlifequote.com, one of four defendants sued Monday, did not return a telephone message left at his Houston, Texas, office.

Read more in the Detroit News.

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