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article imageUber is being sued for allegedly sending unsolicited texts

By Nate Smith     Aug 12, 2015 in Business
Chicago - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the popular ride-sharing service Uber, alleging the company is violating U.S. law by sending unsolicited text messages to people wanting nothing to do with the service.
Maria Vergara filed the lawsuit Friday in a federal court in Chicago, claiming that in June she received no fewer than eight texts from the an Uber-affiliated phone number soliciting her business.
Ms. Vergara claims she never registered for the service, and never downloaded the Uber application for her mobile device.
The plaintiff asserts Uber is violating U.S. law, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, specifically, because the ride service fails to properly verify customers' information, including phone numbers, before it begins sending texts and phone calls to targeted clients.
Ms. Vergara seeks class-action status for her claim, asserting that a bulk of Uber's registered telephone numbers are likely inaccurate, and therefore Uber routinely sends out text messages and phone calls to people that don't want the service.
Affected individuals are entitled to at least $500 in damages, the lawsuit alleges.
Not only have individuals' privacy been compromised, but those folks also endured monetary damages because they're forced to pay for texts and calls they never wanted.
From court-filed documents:
In an effort to advance its transportation networking business, Uber, an online purveyor of vehicles-for-hire, violated federal law by sending unauthorized text message calls to the cellular telephones of individuals throughout the nation.
For its part, representatives have said they're reviewing the claim.
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