Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
CORNYN ANNOUNCES COURT JUDGMENT AGAINST BROADCAST FAX BUSINESS
American Blast Fax, Inc. ordered to pay fines and court costs
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced a federal court judgment against a company that illegally sent unsolicited faxes to 500,000 fax machines in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. American Blast Fax, Inc. and its owners, Mike Horne and Greg Horne, must pay the State a fine of $465,375 (plus interest) along with $20,000 in attorney fees.
U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks found that the Defendants violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. In addition to the civil penalties, American Blast Fax, Inc. and the Hornes are prohibited from:
In addition to these conditions, the company must also keep records of those who give permission to have fax advertisements sent to them.
"We are pleased the court has taken a firm stand against American Blast Fax," said Attorney General Cornyn. "My office will continue to prosecute companies that refuse to play by the rules. Illegal business practices will not go unpunished in Texas."
Before filing suit in February 2000, the Attorney General's office received more than 200 unsolicited fax advertisements from American Blast Fax, Inc., based in Addison, Texas. Many consumers and business owners also filed complaints against the company.
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