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Latest Florida Mini-TCPA Suit Targets Carat Cutter Supplier

No matter how seemingly niche the potential market, sellers seek to take advantage of promotional texting. Blades Direct, LLC (“Blades”), described as a “diamond tools supplier that carries a broad range of diamond blades and diamond cutting products,” is now the latest enterprise to run afoul of Florida’s mini-TCPA statute as a result of a single such apparent messaging effort.

Plaintiff David Errante alleges that Blades used a “computer software system that automatically selected and dialed” Mr. Errante’s number without obtaining his express written consent. Blades, based in Coral Springs, Florida, allegedly urged the plaintiff  to “GET OUR FAMOUS SAW DEAL TODAY….” According to the Class Action Complaint, Mr. Errante was also eligble for a “FREE…SAW WHEN BUYING A BOX OF BLADES TODAY!!”  At this point, the Complaint recites no other promotional texts to the plaintiff.

Mr. Errante’s suit seeks an injunction and statutory damages for a class including “all persons in the United States who, (1) were sent a telephonic sales call regarding Defendant’s goods or services, (2) using the same equipment or type of equipment utilized to call the Plaintiff.”  In other words, a “nationwide” class.

Of course, whether Mr. Effante’s claims are meritorious remain to be seen.

 

© Copyright 2022 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLPNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 243
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Paul Besozzi Telecommunications Attorney Squire Patton Boggs Washington DC
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Paul Besozzi concentrates his practice in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

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