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Unhappy about getting texts from O’Rourke’s campaign? There’s a lawsuit for that

At least one Texan is not happy about receiving text messages about Beto O’Rourke’s run for U.S. Senate.

A class action lawsuit filed against the Beto for Texas campaign claims the organization sent text messages to Texans without obtaining their permission, violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

The suit, filed Friday in the Northern District of Texas, names Collin County resident Sameer Syeed as a plaintiff on behalf of all Texans that the O’Rourke campaign sent texts to without obtaining permission.

Syeed says in the suit that, starting in 2018, he received nine texts from Beto for Texas without granting the organization permission to contact him. When he called the numbers he was receiving the messages from, he says, the calls resulted in error messages or disconnected dial tones, showing the calls came from an automated phone system.

Syeed says he tried to stop the messages by texting back, but there was no response.

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act prohibits the use of automated telephone equipment to send texts or calls to a person’s cellphone without their permission except for emergency purposes.

The suit demands Beto for Texas pay at least $500 per text message to Syeed and other members of the class action suit.

In response to the lawsuit, Chris Evans, communications director of Beto for Texas, said the campaign’s program is fully legal.

“Our grassroots volunteer program with thousands of Texans canvassing, phone banking, texting, and organizing is the largest this state has seen. It is fully compliant with the law,” he said.

Syeed and his attorney, Shawn Jaffer, were not immediately available for comment Friday night.

Find more information about the class action suit here: jafflaw.com/beto-for-texas-class-action-lawsuit-class-registration/

Kaley Johnson: 817-390-7028, @KaleyJohnson6
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