Lawsuit: "Junk Cars" Text Spammers Owe $1 Billion In Damages

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We've found our new favorite legal complaint of the year.

As he promised, Hallandale attorney Scott Owens has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the "junk cars"-seeking text message spammers we first exposed.

The damages, by Owens's math? One billion dollars.

Owens is suing Gregorio A. Tejera-- whom we identified as the likely spam kingpin at the top of the "junk cars" pyramid -- Lazaro W. Diaz-Fernandez, and Jose Leyva, with room for John Does to be added as they are identified as being behind the spam.

The complaint, filed Tuesday, channels the righteous wrath of the populace. If Moses was a lawyer, this is what his legal filings would look like.

Here's the first sentence:

The so-called "JUNK CARS" text message has been a pox upon the cellular telephones of Florida consumers for more than a year.

Here's the third sentence:

Defendants are largely regarded as the most detested telemarketers in the state of Florida, and at the statutory minimum of $500 per unlawful text message, are now indebted to Florida consumers in an amount exceeding one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000.00).

At damages of $500 per text, to get a total of $1 billion, Tejera's crew would have had to send out [opens calculator application on computer] 2 million "junk cars" texts. It does seem like every soul in South Florida has gotten one of these texts, and some have gotten 38 of these texts. So we're not going to argue with the math, which is clearly designed to make Tejera & Co. poop their pants.

Three lucky South Floridians -- Luis Lebron, David N. Emihovich, and Jose Roque -- have the honor of representing all plaintiffs in this suit. They claim to have gotten these sort of text messages:

Cell 305-824-7923 COMPRO CARROS//$400 WE BUY JUNK CARS//$400 cell 305-824-7923
$475 CASH!: LET'S SAVE OUR PLANET RECYCLE YOUR OLD VEHICLE CALL NOW 305-812-6713
$400-475 WE BUY JUNK CARS (COMPRAMOS CARROS PARA RASTRO) CALL 786-354-3727

Tejera's statements to us-- that he bought the cell phone numbers "from the government"-- are entered as evidence in the complaint.

We tried reaching Tejera about this lawsuit. We called the number -- 305-303-0119 -- that we had previously published as being the source of the text spam.

Apparently, you guys really did send his photos of your junk. The number has been disconnected. (There is no attorney listed in court yet representing any of the defendents.)

Here's the complaint in all its furious glory:

Junk Cars Complaint

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16 comments
DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So what happened with this lawsuit ??

dannyranger
dannyranger

WHAT DAMAGES ARE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT? Seriously, it's just an annoying text, what damages could you possibly have?  Drama queens.

cojomoxon
cojomoxon

Now I am getting the these tests from phone number 516-317-3085 saying to call 786-439-5330

cojomoxon
cojomoxon

How can I be part of this lawsuit? These spammers have been harrassing me for about two years, and I'de like to collect the damages along with the rest of the victims of this crime.

Puntillitayo
Puntillitayo

I am getting them and have them all saved in my phone...I want to be part of the lawsuit

ecommerce
ecommerce

The junk shop owner must bargain for the best deal possible and coordinate with the respective recycling agents as to the payment schedule and volume of deliveries or pick-up.

tony
tony

Burn them at the stake in court. I am sick and tired of people like this!!

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Google voice is useful for bugging these assholes

John David
John David

I used to get these before signing up for Google Voice.  These automatically end up in the spam folder never having the chance to alert me.  I highly recommend getting one even if you despise all that is Google/Android. Try it... you just might like it. It's free!  Free is good, right?

Jsmsms
Jsmsms

These people are abvoiusly 3'rd world country type of businessmen and are dumb. To think they were going to get away with this? they are stupid and I am SO glad the wrath will kick them back in the ass.  

junkcarspammers
junkcarspammers

Share your text messages on my blog!  FUCK THESE CLOWNS! Click my username to view the text message / phone number list I have compiled

Nicolesoden
Nicolesoden

I used to delete these all the time.  Just did a search of my text history and found 7.  I am certainly calling that Atty. to collect.  $3500 would be nice. Hahaha

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

To His Majesty, King Jaffe Joffer, The Royal Palace, Zamunda. Sire, Akeem and I have depleted our funds. Kindly send 300, 000 American dollars immediately, as we are in dire straits. Your humble servant, Semmi.

OLED Group
OLED Group

You can not buy Phone numbers from "The government" obviously he is lying. I run a SMS/ Text Marketing /Campaigning firm. It is illegal to sell, trade, and share phone number data. If the end user did not subscribe to the Campaign YOU CAN NOT SEND THEM ANY MESSAGES! Also,  AT ALL TIMES THERE SHOULD BE "REPLY STOP TO END!" I'm glad these people got raped with that fine. They should charge them per text message if they really sent over 2billion text messages. Take these people out of business, they are damaging the industry of SMS Text Marketing. Thank you! OLED Group, LLC www.OLED-Group.com

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