Verizon Sues Velveteen Rabbit Telemarketers

Verizon has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ, against telemarketers making illegal calls to it’s cellular subscribes. This time Verizon has launched the lawsuit against a telemarketer promoting the Velveteen Rabbit Movie by Feature Films for Families, Inc. On February 6th, almost 10,000 calls were made from a single caller ID number between 7PM and 8PM yielding an average of one call every .36 seconds. Calls were made from Caller IDs including: 917-210-4609, 617-245-9601, 435-787-9018, 626-551-3308.

Verizon’s lawsuit alleges violations of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which makes it illegal for a telemarketer to use an autodialer to make calls to wireless phones. Verizon also immediately filed an injunction and won against Feature Films for Families, to cease the calls.

In a press release by Verizon, Steven Zipperstein, Verizon Vice President and General Counsel notes: “Telemarketers continue to harass our customers and impinge on their privacy, often using illegal methods including autodialers… Whatever their methods and whatever their product, these unlawful telemarketing calls are an annoyance to our customers and invade their privacy,” he added.

Matthew Cooper, general counsel for Feature Films for Families, noted that “We believe the campaign complied with all applicable federal and state laws,” Cooper said. “The intention was to get the word out on this wonderful family film. We certainly apologize for any concerns or inconvenience it may have caused.”

3/24/2009

Verizon settles lawsuit against (Velveteen Rabbit Movie by) Feature Films for Families Inc. based in Murray, Utah.

Verizon claimed that 500,000 calls made to Verizon Wireless customers and employees over 10 days (33 calls a second) in early February were illegal. Verizon won a injunction in U.S. District Court New Jersey to prevent Feature Films for Families Inc. from making calls to it’s subscribers in the future.

As part of the settlement the telemarketing company has agreed to pay $25000 USD to the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, TX.

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