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Lawyers For Unwanted Text Messages

Sometimes an unwanted text message from a business may actually be illegal under certain federal laws. One such law is the CAN-SPAM Act (which stands for Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing), banning unsolicited messages in the form of texts to cell phones. Other laws prohibiting unwanted “text spam” are the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the national Do-Not-Call-List, prohibiting messages to telephone numbers that are registered. Text messages are considered calls under the Do-Not-Call-List.

Still, there are exceptions. If you’ve agreed to receive texts from a certain business, then they are not illegal. Oftentimes, you may actually agree to accept texts without even knowing it. In that case, you will probably have to take the initiative and contact the company to advise them that you would no longer like to receive the messages.

If there are companies that you have an existing relationship with, then text messages from that company may also be legal. For example, if you have an account with Verizon and you receive λŒ€λŸ‰λ¬Έμž texts about options on your account, then the texts are likely legal and you will have little or no recourse.

However, if you believe that the unwanted text messages you are receiving from businesses are illegal, you may consider a lawsuit. Keep in mind that these types of lawsuits are generally class-action lawsuits, meaning a group (the “class”) sue together in one case. The reason for this is that as an individual your losses, or damages, may be relatively small and, when you factor in legal fees on top of that, it might not be worth it at all. But, when you sue as a class, the total damages may be significant and the legal fees are contingent, meaning the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you win.

An example of a text messaging lawsuit is the case against the company Timberland, which was sued under the TCPA and settled for $7 million, agreeing to pay back the individual plaintiffs for the costs of the texts.

Again, all of the above relates to unwanted text messages from businesses. Unwanted text messages from a friend or co-worker are not covered under these laws. However, if you are receiving text messages from anyone that you find harassing, especially if they are threatening harm, call the police immediately.

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