SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – The Humane Society of the United States is alleged to have sent text messages to a San Francisco consumer without his permission.
Matthew Righetti, on behalf of himself and all similarly situated persons, filed a complaint on Oct. 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against The Humane Society of the United States over alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
According to the complaint, in 2018, Matthew Righetti received a text message to his cellular phone from defendant that did not originate from a cellular phone but came from an automated telephone dialing system (ATDS). He alleges he called the phone number on the defendant's text message and that the call resulted in an automated message regarding Proposition 12.
The plaintiff alleges he did not give the defendant permission to call or text his phone.
The plaintiff holds The Humane Society of the United States responsible because the defendant allegedly used an ATDS in connection with its communication and sent at least nine text messages using an ATDS without his consent.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for statutory damages of at least $500 per phone call/text messages, treble damages, and any other relief as the court deems just and appropriate. He is represented by Reuben D. Nathan of Nathan & Associates APC in Newport, California.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 4:18-cv-06562-DMR