Ramaswamy Robocalls Spark Class Action Lawsuit

(RepublicanReport.org) – Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy could be forced to pay big bucks over alleged robocalls voters received ahead of the Iowa caucuses. The entrepreneur’s campaign reportedly used pre-recorded messages in an attempt to promote him, calling some cell phones multiple times with promises of a “teleforum town hall” that never came. Ramaswamy didn’t seek or obtain consent to make any of the calls, according to the suit, leaving him in potential violation of the law.

Newsweek reports that Thomas Grant, a resident of New Hampshire, filed the suit in an Ohio court after receiving several of the calls. He wants Ramaswamy to pay up to $1,500 for each time the former candidate’s campaign violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. The law makes it illegal for anyone to send a pre-recorded message to cell phones without prior consent. There are exemptions, but they don’t apply when the calls include unsolicited advertisements. The legislation was put in place to protect consumers from robocalls and other potentially disruptive practices.

The lawsuit alleges excessive calls disrupted the plaintiff’s time, causing “annoyance, nuisance, and invasion of privacy.” It also lists complaints from additional recipients, who claimed they received multiple calls in a two-day period and complained of the “unintelligible” quality of Ramaswamy’s recordings. The filing reportedly includes an injunction prohibiting the entrepreneur from making any future unsolicited calls.

Ramaswamy left the GOP primaries after his abysmal turnout in the Iowa caucuses. The Associated Press reports that he was able to garner only 7.7% of the Hawkeye State’s conservative vote, putting him in fourth place below Nikki Haley, who received 19.1%; Ron DeSantis, who earned 21.2%; and Donald Trump, who won with 51%. Ramaswamy gave Trump his official endorsement upon the decision to leave the race. DeSantis also opted to drop out and place his support behind the 45th president after viewing the Iowa results.

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