Sprint Sues in Theft of Call Records Case

Sprint Nextel Corp. said on Monday it filed a lawsuit against a Florida private investigation firm alleging that it uses illegal practices to get hold of its customers' phone call records.

Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. wireless provider, accused San Marco & Associates of St. Petersburg, Florida, of invading customer privacy and getting hold of personal information under false pretenses.

U.S. wireless service providers have recently been cracking down on Web sites that offer to sell phone call records.

Sprint filed the suit on March 17 in a federal court in Florida. It said it requested temporary and permanent injunctions against the company.

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