Yahoo Text Message Class Action Lawsuit

Yahoo is being sued in a class action lawsuit related to their alleged actions regarding text messages.

Yahoo is accused in the suit of sending unsolicited text messages to Sprint cell phone customers in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

U.S. District Judge Manish Shah recently ruled that the users could sue Yahoo as a group over messages sent in March 2013 since their claims had enough in common to be lumped together in a class action.

Court papers show that more than 500,000 cellphone users may be a party to the lawsuit.

Yahoo is accused of sending the plaintiffs automated “welcome” messages when other users sent them separate messages via the Yahoo Messenger service. The plaintiffs say those message constitute advertising and a violation of the TCPA.

They are seeking damages of up to $1,500 per message for the alleged violation.

Rachel Johnson is an Illinois resident who brought the case against the web giant. Keith Keogh is her lawyer.

The case is filed as Johnson et al v. Yahoo Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Nos. 14-02028, 14-02753.