Cable company robocalled woman 153 times = $229,500 payment for harassment

Time Warner Cable has been ordered to pay a woman $229,500 (£150,000) after a judge ruled it had harassed her with automated calls.

Texas resident Araceli King received 153 computer-controlled “robocalls”, which continued after she had asked the company to stop.

US district judge Alvin Hellerstein said Time Warner Cable had acted in a “particularly egregious” manner…

Making unwanted automated calls is illegal in the US, and companies breaking the rules can face a fine of $1,500 for each call.

Mr Hellerstein said he had tripled the penalty for Time Warner because it had made 74 calls to Ms King after she had registered her complaint…

The US made it illegal to make unwanted automated calls in 2009…The law says marketers must have written permission from a person before robocalls can be made, although exceptions are made for surveys or if the subject matter is political or to do with a charity…

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement bureau chief Travis LeBlanc has said “customers are not required to consent to unwanted robocalls or robotexts”.

Sock it to ’em, Ms. King!

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