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Stoops v. Wells Fargo Bank
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
197 F. Supp. 3d 782 (2016)
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibited calling consumers with prerecorded messages without consent. Melody Stoops (plaintiff) purchased numerous cell phones, each with a unique phone number, solely in the hopes of receiving numerous calls and ultimately finding a TCPA violation for which she could bring a private action. Indeed, Stoops admitted that she effectively used the TCPA as a business. Stoops sued Wells Fargo Bank (Wells Fargo) (defendant) for violating the TCPA. Wells Fargo filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that Stoops lacked standing to bring the TCPA claim. Stoops argued, among other things, that the zone of interest she sought to protect was her personal privacy.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gibson, J.)
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