Problems are not coming to an end for popular pizza restaurant Papa John’s. The restaurant now faces a $250 million class-action lawsuit for blasting customers with illegal text messages.
The lawsuit filed with the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle claims Papa John’s violated state and federal law when they had the marketing company OnTime4U send unsolicited text messages on its behalf on cell phones advertising pizza products.
According to the lawsuit 500,000 illegal text messages were sent to Papa John’s customers across the country. With the restaurant facing potential damages of more than $250 million, the plaintiffs may each potentially receive $500 or more in damages for each text message.
Papa John’s head of legal affairs, Caroline Oyler has said that there is no basis for the plaintiff’s estimate of $250 million.
‘We don’t agree with it and will continue to aggressively defend it,’she said. ‘We’ll continue to litigate the case and defend the lawsuit and move to have it dismissed.’