By David McCabe - 01/06/16 09:59 AM EST
A federal judge has ruled that Sprint customers can pursue a class-action lawsuit against Yahoo over automated text messages that they believe violated the law.
The case concerns “welcome” messages that Yahoo sent to users after they received a first message through Yahoo’s Messenger service. The plaintiffs in the case allege that those messages violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which forbids robocalling and other uses of an autodialer.
Shah rejected many of Yahoo’s arguments, including its contention that a class-action suit could force it to accept damages disproportionate to its activity.
“Certifying a class action, however, does not necessarily mean defendant will be found liable. And complaints of disproportionality are better taken up with Congress,” Shah said in his order.
His ruling was not a complete victory for the plaintiffs in the case, however, since the judge declined to certify a different class of T-Mobile users who had also gotten the messages.
Shah said in his ruling that the proposed class could include over 500,000 users.