Taco Bell Not Liable For Spam Texts, 9th Circ. Affirms

Law360, Los Angeles (July 2, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld Taco Bell Corp.'s win in a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action, agreeing with a lower court that the fast-food giant can't be held vicariously liable for a purportedly unlawful text message campaign conducted by a group of Chicago-area Taco Bell owners.

In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge appellate panel affirmed U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney's ruling granting Taco Bell summary judgment on plaintiff Tracie Thomas' claims and concluding the company wasn't vicariously liable for unauthorized text messages that were allegedly sent to thousands of people in violation of the TCPA.

The panel agreed...

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