Robocall Damages Could Reach $925M
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Health supplement marketer ViSalus could face up to $925 million in fines for making more than 1.8 million illegal robocalls to consumers in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
An Oregon federal jury determined that ViSalus did initiate the calls to residential and cellular phone lines belonging to class members, represented by plaintiff Lori Wakefield. The final sum of damages is still being contested, but the plaintiff’s counsel is calling the case the largest privacy verdict in history.
However, the defense is arguing that plaintiffs failed to prove that all 1.8 million robocalls were made in violation of the TCPA. They claim that the TCPA does not cover landlines used for business purposes, which may decrease the number of illegal calls, and that due to this uncertainty the verdict should be thrown out.
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