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Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Sues Team Over Excessive Text Messages

Pittsburgh Penguins Sued For Sending Fan Additional Text Messages

When Fred Weiss signed up to receive weekly text messages from the Pittsburgh Penguins he was told through the teams promotional agreement that he would receive up to three texts per week, when he received five messages the first week then four texts the second week rather than simply unsubscribing he decided to file a lawsuit.

In his filing Weiss claims the NHL franchise “intentionally and systematically transmitted text messages to individual consumers in excess of that weekly limit.”

The Penguins “fan” then claims that by sending additional text messages the Pittsburgh Penguins violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

According to Weiss the additional text messages caused him “actual harm” because of “the aggravation that necessarily accompanies the invasion of privacy caused by unsolicited text message calls.” The lawsuit also claims that the “excessive” texts (3 extra texts all together), cause him to pay for additional messages.

Courthouse News reveals that Fred Weiss wants more Pittsburgh Penguins fans to join the lawsuit to turn it into a class-action case where he will be asking for statutory and punitive damages. If the case moves forward Penguins fans could be entitled to tens of cents! maybe even tens of dollars.

In the meantime Pittsburgh Penguins fans are on the offensive, calling Weiss “no real fan” of the Penguins while lambasting him for suing the franchise over what amounts to potentially $.30 in text messages over a two week period as part of an opt-in program.

Do you think this text message lawsuit is going to far?

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27 Responses to “Pittsburgh Penguins Fan Sues Team Over Excessive Text Messages”

  1. Dustin Martin

    Absolutely ridiculous what you can sue for in this country.

  2. Doug Miller

    Just another jerk looking for some easy money!

  3. Claire Mackowiak

    Can't he be penalized for filing a frivolous lawsuit? This is ridiculous! Not only is this person not a real fan, he is a complete idiot too!

  4. Mike Mitchell

    Man some people sounds like he should be a Flyers fan they would love him in Philly.

  5. Conrad Wallace

    really this is just stupid, with brains like that you'd think he be with the flyers.

  6. Conrad Wallace

    really this is just stupid, with brains like that you'd think he be with the flyers.

  7. Tyler Engert

    I think his intelligence level suits that of the Penguins… Not quite dumb enough to be with Toronto, but not smart enough for the Flyers ;P

  8. Karen Elvidge-Hughes

    idiot…NOT a Pens fan. Part of the reason this country is so messed up. Love ya pens- send away!

  9. Carrie Whitmore

    You are no real fan Weiss! Please go away, Pittsburgh doesn't want you! I have the same updates you do, and the Pens rarely send more than three a week. It was probably during the playoffs you dumb twit! Real Pittsburgh fans are worried about finances to be able to keep Staal on the team. You're worried about less than a dollar for your own selfish ambitions! Go away, and please never come to another Pens, Steelers, or Pirates game again!

  10. Randy L Foreback

    OMG, what an invasion of my privacy! I think he should go for treble damages in the punitive phase. Ought to get this knucklehead almost a dollar. There are simply not enough adjectives available to describe this no account shiftless bum.

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  12. Sue Murray

    This guy has WAY too much time on his hands. What a jerk. Any lawyer that would take this on is obviously just as desperate…

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