Viacom Slapped With Class-Action Lawsuit Over MTV VMAs
Someone alert the Supreme Court -- another potential voting crisis has entered the legal system!
MTV's parent company, Viacom, was hit with a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday that alleges it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending promotional texts to people who voted in the 2011 Video Music Awards.
According to the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Tennessee, Davidson County, Tenn., resident Erin Mock voted in the 2011 Video Music Awards via text message, and was hit shortly thereafter with promotional text messages.
"MTV: 'Jersey Shore' sneak peek of tonight's episode - why is Snooki lying in a bush? Watch," one message read, according to the suit.
Another message read, "MTV: 'Real World San Diego' premieres Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10/9c," another message read, the suit claims. "Get to know the cast here."
"At no point during this [VMAs vote] solicitation, did Defendant advise its viewers, including Plaintiff, that by voting, they would be consenting to receipt of future text SPAM advertisements from Defendant and/or its subsidiaries and/or employees and/or agents," the suit reads.
The suit goes on to claim that the VMAs voter sent a message asking to stop the text messages, and received confirmation that the messages would stop, but another message -- this one with a link to a "Real World" trailer -- was sent after the confirmation.
"Plaintiff and the members of the Class and Sub-Class have all suffered irreparable harm as a result of the Defendant's unlawful and wrongful conduct," the suit reads.
The suit seeks $1,500 per alleged violation for each member of the class, plus injunctive relief prohibiting such conduct in the future, and [a]ny other relief the Court may deem just and proper."
Viacom has no comment for TheWrap on the suit at this time.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this article.