Fla. Judge Drops Out Of Tampa Bay Rays TCPA Suit

Law360 (August 1, 2019, 6:25 PM EDT) -- A Florida magistrate judge on Thursday pulled himself out of a proposed class action accusing the MLB's Tampa Bay Rays of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending spam text messages, saying his involvement in a special event with the team could cast doubt on his impartiality.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Anthony E. Porcelli said in an order that after a hearing in July, he sought an ethics opinion on whether he should stay on the case, and has decided to drop out.

According to the order, Judge Porcelli was the main contact person with the Rays organization in connection with an...

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