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Lending company sued for allegedly making illegal telemarketing calls to cellphones

By Shaun Zinck | Jul 27, 2015

World Business Lenders is being sued over allegations it made illegal calls to cell phones soliciting it services. | Shutterstock

A lending company is facing allegations it called cellphone numbers soliciting its services in violation of federal law.

Todd Friedman filed the lawsuit July 1 in U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against World Business Lenders claiming the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and invaded his privacy by making the calls.

Friedman claims he first received telephone calls from World Business Lenders beginning June 25. The call was through an automatic telephone dialing system. The lawsuit claims federal law requires businesses give prior express consent that they would like to receive telephone calls. Freidman said he never gave World Business Lenders permission to call him.

The dialing system used by World Business can store and product telephone numbers to call by using a random number generator, and used this method to obtain Friedman's phone number, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit seeks class status for those who received unwanted cellphone calls from World Business Lenders within the last four years. The suit is also seeking damages ranging between $500 and $1,500 for each violation of federal law that occurred.

Friedman is represented by Ross H. Schmierer of Paris Ackerman & Schmierer LLP of New York City.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York case number 1:15-cv-05149.

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