Crunch Gym Beats TCPA

Another brand, another TCPA class action suit. However, this one ended with good (and reasonable) news for Crunch Gym. A California federal judge squashed a putative class action accusing the gym chain of spamming its members’ mobile phones with promotional text messages. The Court held that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act didn’t apply because the company hadn’t used an autodialer. The…

Judge Sides with NY Times Over SMS ‘Patent Troll’

Abstract: Helferich Patent Licensing LLC has licensing deals with every major hand-held device maker and holds the patent for sending out commercial text messages. Beginning in 2008, they launched a campaign that demanded more licensing deals and infringement lawsuits against content providers. Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John Darrah in Chicago ruled that Helferich cannot wield its patent against companies…