Another lawsuit contends SiriusXM Radio has yet again run afoul of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with telemarketing robocalls.
Plaintiff James Thompson, in an action originally filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois, accuses the satcaster of more than 20 unwanted automated calls to his mobile phone. The TCPA makes it unlawful to use an automatic telephone dialing system to place a call to a cellular phone without the prior express consent of the called party.
SiriusXM has filed to have the lawsuit transferred to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. SiriusXM denies Thompson’s claims, according to a court filing from earlier this month.
The Thompson lawsuit is just the latest in an array of similar actions against SiriusXM.
Last month SiriusXM Radio—in an action that’s also under the watch of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois—was sued over “knowing and willful violations” of the TCPA. That case was brought by an Illinois woman who purchased a used Sirius XM-equipped vehicle last July. While the vehicle came with an application to subscribe to the satellite radio service, the woman says she was never presented with any other materials related to SiriusXM during the purchase process.
Yet within weeks of acquiring the vehicle, the lawsuit says, robocalls soliciting a subscription began. Despite telling a SiriusXM rep to stop the calls, they continued anyway, according to the suit.
Also in December, SiriusXM agreed to pay $25 million and provide free services as part of a class action settlement for alleged TCPA violations. In that case, a Texas man accused SiriusXM of repeated unsolicited calls, despite his number being on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Over the past several years, SiriusXM’s robocalls have prompted an ongoing barrage of lawsuits—to the point that in 2016, the company paid $35 million into a cash settlement fund to settle several class action suits.