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Friday, November 28, 2014

Penguins fan suing team for sending him too many text messages

After losing to their state rival earlier in the playoffs this season, Penguins fans have been on edge. Most of them are furious with the team for allowing the Flyers to walk all over them, but one fan has an entirely separate bone to pick with Pittsburgh. As The Consumerist pointed out, Penguins fan Fred Weiss has filed a class action complaint against the team for sending him too many text messages.

The lawsuit alleges that the team violated the Telephone Consumer Protection by sending Weiss more text messages than were agreed upon when he signed up to receive text alerts from the team. The plantiff says the agreement called for no more than three texts per week providing breaking news, information about trades, and special offers from the team. Weiss says in the first week he received at least five. In the second — brace yourselves — the team sent four.

“By exceeding the authorized limits on weekly text message calls made to Plaintiff…” the complaint reads. “Defendant has caused Plaintiff and the other members of the Class actual harm, not only because they were subjected to the aggravation that necessarily accompanies the invasion of privacy caused by unsolicited text message calls, but also because consumers frequently have to pay their cell phone service providers for the receipt of such wireless calls.”

The plaintiff is seeking for a court injunction that would limit the amount of texts the team is allowed to send as well as an undisclosed amount in damages. Some fans like to take out their frustrations by burning jerseys. Others file a suit against their team for blowing up their cell phone.

H/T The Pensblog
Photo credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE



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