Microsoft Must Face Consumer Suit Over Unsolicited Xbox Texts

Law360, San Diego (July 20, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday denied Microsoft Corp.'s bid to dismiss a putative class action alleging the tech giant stuck consumers with the bill for unsolicited text messages advertising its Xbox video game console.

Illinois resident Neil Smith sued Microsoft in August, alleging that the Xbox manufacturer's texts, which consumers may have had to pay their carriers for receiving, violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

In a motion for dismissal filed in October, however, Microsoft argued that Smith lacked standing to bring the suit because...
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