Donald Trump has been smacked with yet another lawsuit, this time for illegally sending out unsolicited text messages from his campaign.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 makes it illegal to use an automated dialing system to send out unsolicited text messages or SMS messages. Not everyone has unlimited text messages with their cell phone service plan, meaning they have to pay money for each message they receive.
But Trump isn’t known for caring much about rules. Apparently, he decided he didn’t give a tinkers’ damn about this law period, because in March, thousands of cell phone users got the following text message:
The source of the message was ‘88022,’ which is leased by Trump for President or its affiliates and is used for operating Trump for President’s text message marketing program, according to the lawsuit. The same text messages were sent to thousands of wireless telephone numbers or randomly generated phone numbers using a bulk-messaging software by the company Tatango Inc., which advertises that a person can schedule a text message to be simultaneously sent to 42,435 cellphone numbers, the lawsuit said.
On Friday, Joshua Thorne and David Roberts filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northeastern District of Illinois Eastern Division. The plaintiffs are asking for the maximum penalty to be awarded in damages — $1,500 per text. If they were to win, this would result in Trump owing millions of dollars to all the people who were harassed by his unsolicited texts, who would each be named as class members in the lawsuit.
The Donald is no stranger to the legal system. USA Today reported in June that he was currently involved in a staggering 3,500 lawsuits, 70 of which had been filed after he decided to run for the presidency. In 1,900 of those suits, he was the plaintiff. In the other 1,300, he was the defendant.
The nature of the court cases Trump is named in run the gamut: 206 are “contract dispute cases” where he refused to cough up cash for failed real estate projects; 130 are “employment cases” over wages that he refused to pay to workers; 191 are “government and taxes cases” regarding disputes over unpaid taxes and how much his businesses owe; 621 are “real estate cases” that revolve around various issues dealing with the properties he owns, including violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act in his hotels; and 6 “campaign cases” that are directly related to his presidential campaign, including the most recent suit involving the unsolicited campaign text messages.
Joseph Siprut, the attorney representing Thorne and Roberts, is confident in their case and it certainly doesn’t seem like he has plans of showing any mercy to Trump and his bank account.
Based on the information we have at this point, we’re very confident that a violation was made and we intend to pursue it to the gates of hell.
Watch as John Oliver skewers Trump for the slew of lawsuits he is facing, here:
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