Sprint faces anti-spam class action lawsuit

A law firm from Salt Lake City, Utah, has filed a class action suit against Sprint Corp. on behalf of Utah residents, saying they have received unsolicited e-mails, or spam, from the company since US anti-spam legislation came into force.

Nelson, Snuffer, Dahle & Paulsen P.C. announced Wednesday that it had filed the lawsuit in the name of a client, Terry Gillman. The case is now pending in the Third District Court of Salt Lake City, the company said.

The company is basing its claim upon a section of the Utah statute and on the result of a similar case upheld in Washington State. Utah Code section 13-44-101 requires any sender of a commercial e-mail to state its legal name, street address, Internet domain name and to include a no-cost way of requesting that no more e-mail be sent. The first four characters of the subject line must also read 'ADV:'.

Sprint has violated this section of the code, the company said in its statement. However, no one at the company was immediately able to comment on the specifics of the offending e-mails.

The statute came into effect from May 6 and was designed to stop spam. However, a statute is not self-executing and needs legal action to enforce it, the company said in its statement.

Travis Sowders, Sprint's manager for state, legal and regulatory issues said Thursday that he had only just become aware of the issue himself and was not able to comment.

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