Law suit against Yahoo for sending unsolicited text messages gains class action status

Law suit against Yahoo for sending unsolicited text messages gains class action status
A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a lawsuit filed against Yahoo can now be tried as a class action suit. There could be more than 500,000 members of the class, each one claiming to have received an unsolicited text message from Yahoo while being a customer of Sprint. The plaintiffs say that Yahoo's actions, which took place in March 2013, violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

The suit claims that Yahoo sent automated welcome messages to these Sprint customers after other users sent out separate messages using the Yahoo Messenger service. The plaintiffs say that the welcome messages should be considered unauthorized advertisements for Yahoo services, and damages could amount to $1500 per message if it is determined that Yahoo willfully violated the law.

The lead plaintiff in the case, Rachael Johnson, claims to have received a spam message from another user advertising a way to lower high-cost debt. That was followed by an unsolicited welcome message from Yahoo. 

U.S. District Judge Manish Shah refused to agree with Yahoo's argument that a class action suit could result in damages against Yahoo that are "disproportionate to the alleged harm." Shah did turn down a request from T-Mobile subscribers to be certified as a class in a separate suit against Yahoo. The plaintiff in that case had consented to receive the welcome messages.

source: Reuters

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10 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

Add Google to that one... them bastards calling me for renewing my Google Business Listing once a day - regardless of asking politely to remove my number... and i've blocked every number they called from but they keep changing 1 digit and call back. My G-mail account is plastered with Google Spam too (hence why I stopped using it)... When is google getting sued? I'm in...

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If They Are Robotic/Pre-Recorded Calls And You Didn't Consent To Them Then You Might Have A Case. BTW I Use Gmail And It's Not Plastered With Spam?

3. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Neither do I. I do however received message/spam from Apple from time to time. I don't think it's a big deal as I do have an Apple account and use their iTunes store. Personally out of all the tech giants I think Google spam me the least.

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Feel The Same Way.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Here's one from couple of days ago... Alik, here are some posts from Pages you might like on Google+ ADP Shared publicly FOLLOW Find better candidates by not relying on these 3 sourceshttp://entm.ag/1l6HNQn image not displayed 1 Google Maps Shared publicly FOLLOW Hope your roofs are ready for reindeer. Santa Tracker is back! Check daily for new games and activities. #TrackSanta…read more image not displayed The funny thing is, I never signed up to Google +... EVER! Google just thought they'd do that on my behalf... And now Google + keeps nagging me about my business info that needs to be updated... I have unsubscribed from others quite a few times... what gives!!! you want more examples?

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Terminate your Google account. Problem solve.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

I tried, but I'm signed in to google+ as well - how do you sign out of that and stay that way? and I use my gmail account as a trash bin for all sign-ins and temporary things (like accessing websites that I only need to get in once - but they make you sign up anyway). Another reason I stopped using it because of cluttered design in the PC. Look at iCloud email - so much more cleaner - no ads, no buttons, no clutter.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have yahoo, microsoft, apple, google, facebook, whatapps, wechat, viber accounts just to list a few. Every account works fine with me because i accept them for what they are. My identify went using their Cloud services.

6. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Lawsuit is one word.

7. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Who the [f]uck used Yahoo!... I only go there to troll comment news pages. Google ftmfw!!

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