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Court: Company owes $456 million for faxes

Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

ATLANTA, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A Georgia company could be liable for $459 million in damages after the state high court ruled Monday the company illegally sent more than 300,000 junk faxes.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled unanimously that American Home Services had violated a 1991 consumer protection law that said companies could not clog up fax machines by sending unsolicited ads, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

The siding, window and gutter installation business hired a Texas company in 2002 and 2003 to help promote its business. The Texas company sent out 306,000 unsolicited faxes across the metro area.

A firm in Norcross, Fastsigns, filed a class-action lawsuit against AHS claiming it had violated federal consumer laws.

At issue was whether AHS was responsible only for the six faxes Fastsigns received. The court ruled the company was responsible for all the thousands it sent.

A Fulton County court has already ruled AHS was liable for $1,500 for each of the 306,000 faxes sent.

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