LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) - A New Jersey-based online event and ticketing company is contending a class-action lawsuit filed against it May 12 is without merit.

Niraj Shah, founder and CEO of Eventgrid, Inc., said the company already has responded to lawyers who filed the suit in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Western Division.

“Eventgrid has informed plaintiff’s counsel that the lawsuit is meritless, and requested that it be dismissed,” he said Tuesday.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is Jason Winderbank, a California man who alleges Eventgrid contacted his cell phone without his consent.

He is being represented by attorneys John P. Kristensen, David L. Weisberg and Matthew T. Hale of Kristensen Weisberg in Los Angeles.

The suit alleges Eventgrid used an automatic telephone dialing system to send text messages without the recipients’ consent.

Shah said his company does not use an automated dialing system and has never been sued over the issue before.

“We’re just a small startup and this whole lawsuit thing is new for us,” he said, noting the interview with Legal Newsline is the first public statement the company has made about it. “We’re not exactly sure why this lawsuit was filed.”

The suit seeks class action status, a jury trial, statutory damages, injunctive relief, attorney fees and other costs of the suit.

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