A proposed class action alleges Global Motivation, Inc. and CEO Jordan Belfort, the real-life “Wolf of Wall Street,” have sent unsolicited telemarketing text messages to consumers without first obtaining consent.
The 19-page lawsuit adds that the automated spam texts sent by Belfort and Global Motivation, his marketing company, did not include a way for recipients to opt out of future messages. The suit claims that the texts have caused consumers “harm, including statutory damages, inconvenience, invasion of privacy, aggravation, annoyance, and violation of their statutory privacy rights.”
According to the complaint, the plaintiff, a Palm Beach County, Florida resident, did not provide Global Motivation or Belfort, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 movieThe Wolf of Wall Street, with express written consent allowing the parties to contact him before they sent the following texts on July 4 and 5, 2022:
The purpose of the texts, which are considered a “telephonic sales call” by law, was to solicit the sale of the defendants’ goods and/or services, the suit relays.
The lawsuit alleges the unsolicited texts at issue were personally reviewed and/or authorized by Belfort in the course of his role as CEO of Global Motivation. The suit claims that Belfort had final say on the content of the texts and authorized their transmission to consumers.
“Given Defendants use of generic text messages to solicit consumers, Plaintiff is informed and believes that Defendants caused similar telephonic sales calls to be sent to at least 100 individuals located in Florida,” the filing reads.
The lawsuit looks to represent the followingclassesof consumers:
“All persons within the United States who, within the four years prior to the filing of this Complaint through the date of class certification, (1) received two or more text messages within any 12-month period, (2) regarding Defendant’s property, goods, and/or services, (3) to said person’s residential telephone number.”
“All persons in Florida who, (1) were sent a telephonic sales call regarding Defendant’s property, goods, and/or services, (2) using the same equipment or type of equipment utilized to call Plaintiff.”
“All persons within the United States who, within the four years prior to the filing of this Complaint through the date of class certification, (1) received two or more text messages within any 12-month period, (2) regarding Defendant’s property, goods, and/or services, (3) to said person’s residential telephone number, (4) that did not disclose the name of the individual caller, the name of the person or entity on whose behalf the call is being made, or a telephone number or address at which the person or entity may be contacted.”
The case alleges Belfort and Global Motivation have violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Florida Telephone Solicitation Act.
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