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Verizon Touts Legal Privacy Victory

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 8:23pm
Susan Rush

Verizon Wireless is claiming another consumer privacy court victory after its request for permanent injunctions were granted against two telemarketing firms that the carrier had charged were contacting its customers illegally.

When the suit was filed in September, Verizon alleged Intelligent Alternatives of San Diego, Calif., and Resort Marketing Trends of Coral Springs, Fla., were in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act as well as state laws. Verizon filed the Intelligent Alternatives suit in the Superior Court of Sacramento and the Resort Marketing suit in Superior Court in Somerville, N.J.

As part of the settlements with the companies, Intelligent Alternatives and Resort Marketing Trends have been permanently barred from contacting Verizion Wireless customers via auto-dialers and recorded messages.

Intelligent Alternatives also agreed to $20,000 in damages, which Verizon has earmarked to donate to the Family Justice Center for Foundation in San Diego. The donation will be made on behalf of Verizon's HopeLine program.

"We will vigorously defend the strong wall of customer privacy we've built over the years through our aggressive pro-consumer policies and actions," says Steven Zipperstein, Verizon Wireless general counsel and vice president of legal and external affairs.

The carrier has sued several alleged spammers recently in the name of consumer privacy. In September, a court sided with Verizon Wireless, granting a permanent injunction against Source Resources of Tennessee.

Last month, Verizon filed a similar suit against Passport Holiday for reportedly sending unsolicited SMS messages to its customers. The suit, which was filed in a U.S. District Court in New Jersey, claims Passport Holidays sent more than 98,000 unsolicited text messages last month telling customers they won a cruise to the Bahamas.

Verizon also is seeking a permanent injunction against Passport Holiday.

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