Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Federal Jury in St. Louis Rejects Robocall Lawsuit against Texas Doctor

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Federal Jury in St. Louis Rejects Robocall Lawsuit against Texas Doctor

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ST. LOUIS * A federal jury on Wednesday found in favor of a Texas doctor in a class-action lawsuit here over more than 3 million robocalls that went out to promote a movie in 2012.

Texas doctor and businessman James R. Leininger, who sank $10 million into the marketing of the "Last Ounce of Courage" movie, was the only remaining defendant in the suit. On Monday, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber ruled that Gabriel Joseph III, of Virginia, and his affiliated companies had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Violations are punishable by fines of up to $500 per call, but no damage amount has yet been determined.

Ron and Dorit Golan, of St. Louis County, filed the lawsuit in 2012 and represented call recipients. The Golans, who received two calls that went to voicemail, are on the Do Not Call registry and did not consent to receiving any calls. …

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