BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, said today it has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in Somerville, N.J., against unknown telemarketers who have conducted an unwanted and illegal telemarketing campaign to Verizon Wireless customers.
The lawsuit claims that during March 2007, more than 1 million calls with the Caller ID "712-429-0367," or numbers with similar exchanges, were placed to Verizon Wireless customers, asking those customers to press "1" to hear more about a low interest rate mortgage. Verizon Wireless alleges that these calls were made illegally using an autodialer. For example, in a 10-hour period on March 5, 2007, more than 43,000 calls were made from this number, an average of one call every 0.83 seconds.
Steven E. Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel of Verizon Wireless, said, "These unlawful telemarketing calls invade the privacy of Verizon Wireless' customers, and we will use every weapon in our legal arsenal to protect our customers." The lawsuit alleges violations of the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act as well as state fraud and privacy laws. Verizon Wireless is asking for a permanent injunction and monetary damages.
The company's record of protecting customer privacy puts Verizon Wireless at the forefront of the U.S. wireless industry. Over the past several years, Verizon Wireless has won permanent injunctions against individuals and companies that have engaged in illegal telemarketing and text message spamming to Verizon Wireless customers, and against those who have attempted to obtain information about Verizon Wireless customers to sell to third parties.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####