Lawsuit against Florida dental practice alleges unsolicited texts drained phone battery

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A class-action suit was filed Jan. 6 against a Florida dental practice, claiming the practice sent text messages such as "We are open today!" without consent, violating a federal robocall statute, Bloomberg Law reports.

The complaint alleges TLC Dental-Hollywood (Fla.) sent texts to plaintiff Adriana Hill and other class members using an automatic dialing system without prior consent. Such an action would violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which also states that companies sending unsolicited messages risk being sued under federal law.

According to the complaint, the dental practice violated the message recipients' privacy. TLC allegedly sent thousands of unsolicited text messages to the cellphones of the plaintiff and class members, causing them injuries such as invasion of privacy, aggravation, annoyance, intrusion on seclusion, trespass and conversion.The messages also depleted the plaintiff's phone battery, the complaint continues.

The suit seeks injunctive relief to stop the practice's actions, along with statutory damages up to $1,500 per text message.

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