Verizon will pay $6 million to businesses in Louisiana, Florida, and Alabama for sending 10,145 junk faxes advertising its services. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act bans businesses from sending unsolicited faxes, and allows for fines reaching up to $1,500 for each violation. Verizon will pay class members only $625 per fax, despite their crack legal team’s best efforts to deploy novel and absurd legal arguments in Verizon’s defense.
From The Advocate:
Two years ago, [U.S. District Judge James Brady] rejected arguments from Verizon and others that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act violated the First Amendment by regulating commercial speech.
Very clever, Verizon lawyers, but no dice. Now tell your company to stop sending junk faxes, and go back to munching on Vonage’s rotting carcass.