Everyone agrees that robocalls are the worst. There may never be a way to eliminate them completely (although government agencies are certainly working), but one of the most prolific sources of these intrusions will finally be dragged into court. became.
CBS news Attorneys General from 48 States (including DC) Mobilize to File Bipartisan Lawsuit Against Arizona-Based Avid Telecom, Owner Michael D. Lansky and Vice President Stacey S. Reeves reported that it does. The 141-page lawsuit alleges that the company illegally made more than 7.5 billion phone calls to people on the National Do Not Call Register. Arizona Attorney General Chris Mays claims that in the five years from December 2018 to January 2023, approximately 197 million robocalls were made to phone numbers in Arizona. there is
The lawsuit alleges that Avid Telecom has spoofed phone numbers, including 8.4 million phone numbers that appear to originate from government and law enforcement agencies, as well as numbers spoofed to appear to originate from the likes of Amazon and DirecTV. said to have been included. The lawsuit alleges that Avid Telecom violated the Telephone and Consumer Act, Telemarketing Sales Rules, and several other telemarketing and consumer laws.
AG and others are seeking a court injunction to stop Avid Telecom from making illegal robocalls, and to pay damages and compensation to those who made the illegal calls. They are also pursuing several legal avenues to hold back Avid’s money for each violation, but that amount could grow quickly given the sheer volume of complaints. Sumco Panama was responsible for his relatively small 5 billion robocalls, but the FCC fined him nearly $300 million late last year.
Earlier this month, it was reported that XCast Labs was being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission for allegedly facilitating phone calls to companies on the National Do Not Call Register.
In 2017, Dish reached a settlement that paid $210 million. The company is said to have made millions of calls to sell and promote its satellite TV service. Dish ultimately had to pay a $126 million civil fine to the U.S. government and $84 million to residents of California, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio. We expect similar results with Avid Telecom.