Verizon Wireless Takes Legal Action Against Florida, California Telemarketers to Defend Customers' Privacy
Lawsuit Says Apparent Use Of Auto-Dialers and Pre-recorded Messages In Calls To Cell Phones Violated Federal, State Laws
BEDMINSTER, N.J., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, is standing up once again for customer privacy rights in lawsuits charging two telemarketing companies with illegal solicitation of cell phone users.
In separate lawsuits, believed to be the first of their kind by a U.S. wireless provider against telemarketing firms, Verizon Wireless is seeking injunctions against the two companies, Intelligent Alternatives of San Diego, CA, and Resort Marketing Trends of Coral Springs, FL, that apparently made hundreds of thousands of calls to cell phone customers using pre-recorded messages and auto-dialers in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act as well as state laws.
Based on information from customers and company employees who received telemarketing calls on their mobile phones, Verizon Wireless is seeking injunctions against the continued use of the illegal telemarketing practices and also is asking the courts to award monetary damages. Both suits were filed Wednesday: the Intelligent Alternatives suit was filed in state Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif.; the Resort Marketing suit was filed in state Superior Court in Somerville, NJ.