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News & Events

4.1.2004

Class Action Alert

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Business owners should be aware of a new trend in class actions based on statutes prohibiting the transmission of unsolicited facsimile advertisements to consumers with whom the sender has no prior relationship. Under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, violators are subject to an award of actual damages or a fine of $500 per infraction, whichever is greater. Under the state law equivalent in Washington, these amounts are subject to trebling, while under Oregon’s law, punitive damages are available. Under both states’ laws, attorneys fees can be awarded. View full article (PDF).