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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Score Lawsuit Getting Technical
From this morning's Tom Taylor NOW column...
Chicago’s “670 the Score” WSCR is being sued by Elaine Bonin. Her attorney that despite never sharing her TracFone number with CBS, she got texts from a number associated with the Score. The messages were things like Super Bowl scores and updates on the NBA Bulls, and her attorney says they were eating into her limited data plan. Because they were sent via automatic dialing, that could implicate the federal TCPA, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. That’s why the U.S.A. got interested. First there was a mid-December notice of appearance by Bailey Wilson Heaps, representing Uncle Sam. Then Tuesday, there’s a filing by NY-based mega-law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manages on behalf of CBS. It says Bonin didn’t suffer any “concrete” injury. CBS certainly doesn’t want this case to be certified as a class action. And now the feds are asking for an extension of time, and weighing whether to jump in.