Woman sues Denver loan company for $5 million over robo-calls

After being bombarded with cell phone advertisements, a California woman has sued a Denver loan firm in federal court seeking more than $5 million in damages for herself and thousands of other people getting the calls.

Tenley Hardin of Venice, Calif., brought the lawsuit against Cash Fund Inc. of Denver and its president, Adam Nelson, claiming the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Nelson did not return a call for comment on the lawsuit.

Attorney Todd Friedman filed the lawsuit Monday and is seeking class action certification for the civil claim in U.S. District Court in Denver. He is seeking $1,500 for each person who received solicitation calls even though they were on National Do-Not-Call list.

Hardin placed her phone number on the no solicitation list on Sept. 15, 2008.

In April, Cash Fund Inc. began sending numerous illegal calls through an automatic telephone dialing system, soliciting her business, the lawsuit says.

Hardin used three different phones to call the company in hopes of stopping the calls. But the calls kept coming, the lawsuit says.

Because the calls came to Hardin’s cellular phone, she incurred additional charges from her cell phone provider. The calls also invaded her privacy, the lawsuit says.

The proposed class would include anyone in the U.S. who has been on the do-not-call list for at least 30 days, the lawsuit says.

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