SACRAMENTO – A man has filed a class-action suit against two debt recovery companies alleging that they knowingly used automated voice recordings in contacting their customers.

Mike Esposito filed a class-action lawsuit on March 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Bharti Airtel Limited, Vodafone US Inc., and Does 1 through 10, mobile service carriers, citing alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he received calls on his cellular telephone in January from the defendants without expressing prior consent. He holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly called him for non-emergency purposes and used an automatic telephone dialing system, which is in violation of the TCPA.

The plaintiff seeks the following: $500 in statutory damages and $1,500 in treble damages for each alleged violation of the TCPA, and any other relief as this court deems just and proper. He is represented by Todd M. Friedman and Arvin Ratanavongse of the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman P.C. in Beverly Hills.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Case number 2:16-cv-00446-TLN-AC

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