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Pinellas County Man Fed Up With Illegal Text Ads Files 23 Lawsuits In 2022

CVS, Pizza Hut, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fitzgerald’s, and 19 other companies have been allegedly bugging a man to do business with them via text.
Pinellas County real estate agent alleges each defendant company violated the Florida Telephone Solicitation Act. Source: File Photo

CLEARWATER, Fla. – CVS, Pizza Hut, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Fitzgerald’s, and 19 other companies have been allegedly bugging a man to do business with them via text.

Now, this man has collectively filed 23 consumer lawsuits. Outside these four aforementioned companies, the man’s suits were filed for personal awards. But now the plaintiff wants money for everyone else who is tired of text messages that break the law.

Asher Walli, 35, a real estate agent, filed these cases, alleging each defendant company violated the Florida Telephone Solicitation Act. Allegedly each company except one failed to provide a working telephone number that could be called to reach either a telephone solicitor or the seller who had sent a text message to his phone.

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According to the lawsuits, violation of the FTSA allows affected consumers to receive damages and possibly other awards for such “predatory telemarketing practices.”

Individuals who have proof they have received telemarketing text messages that violate FTSA are eligible to receive financial awards so long as the defendant companies are found liable to pay the awards.

In a class action lawsuit, a defendant company’s computer or business records are searched to identify those who were unlawfully texted. Consumers are then notified.

Joshua A. Glickman and Shawn A. Heller of Social Justice Law Collective in Dunedin are attorneys for the plaintiff.

On November 8, Walli’s attorneys reached a settlement agreement with Speedway Motors on an FTSA violation suit that in part, involved super-fine, light print indicating text ads may be received. Walli complained he filled out a form and did not notice the disclosure.

Attorney Heller spoke with The Free Press stating, “Mr. Walli is frustrated like everybody else. He’s even sent text messages to engage with them…without success.”

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