Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 6/20/13

The Bucs are not experiencing any off-the-field issues with their players which is a good sign. But it appears they will still have to be involved some kind of legal issues with their sales department. Yes you read that right. In a report from Tampa Tribune’s Joe Henderson, the Bucs may have been a tad-bit too aggressive with their sales tactics on trying to sell people on purchasing tickets in 2009. A class-action complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Tampa over what the plaintiffs say are violations of the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2005. It maintains the Bucs used a company called FaxQom.com to reach 180,000 businesses in its target area, among them, Cin-Q Automobiles. The lawsuit seeks $500 a violation for, gulp, all those theoretically unwilling businesses that received faxed sales pitches sent on behalf of the Bucs. The lawsuit also asks for treble damages. Henderson points out that the claim totals $270 million. It’s highly doubtful Cin-Q or any other company named in the suit see all of that many but it is interesting to note the amount that could be up for grabs here. The Bucs used aggressive sales tactics to sell tickets. Very many, including myself, received calls to purchase tickets. I personally never viewed them as being aggressive because, quite frankly, I never answered or returned the calls. Laws are laws and are put in place to protect those affected by certain situations. Others like to exercise their rights with those laws — like Cin-Q for example. I’m sure the unwanted “spam” faxes could have just been thrown away. Several offices/companies use that method.

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