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Judge imposes maximum trebled damages of nearly $12 million against Hooters

Court Order (Courtesy TCPALAW.COM)

April 25, 2001 - After a jury determined that Hooters of Augusta Inc. willfully violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited advertising faxes, Richmond County Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. assessed full trebled damages of $1,500 per violation against Hooters.

The class-action lawsuit, filed in 1995, finally went to the jury in March after a long battle in the courts with various appeals and maneuvering by Hooters. As the jury determined that each of the 1,321 class members received six unsolicited faxed advertisements, Hooters was ordered to pay $9,000 each, for a total of $11,889,000.


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