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Cellphone text-blocking case to be heard

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NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A lawsuit against a cellphone service provider over blocked text messages will be heard in a federal court this week, officials say.

EZ Texting is suing T-Mobile, accusing the carrier of blocking messages from EZ Texting customer WeedMaps.com, a medical marijuana distribution Web site, because of the content of the site, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

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T-Mobile has denied EZ Texting's claims, saying the New York-based messaging firm didn't comply with T-Mobile's texting guidelines.

EZ Texting was originally assigned a code for cellphone users to call to receive text messages from bars and nightclubs, T-Mobile said in court documents, and when it added Weedmaps.com marketing alerts it didn't inform the carrier.

The cellular industry requires such notification from its text partners, T-Mobile said.

EZ Texting disputed that.

"This is not common industry practice, and T-Mobile never enforced this purported requirement until it learned about the Web site at issue here," EZ Texting CEO Shane Neman said.

The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York will conduct a hearing on allegations Thursday, the Post reported.

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