On Friday, Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal, located in Lakeland, Fla., ruled that consumers can sue those who send them “junk” faxes.
The decision was based on a suit filed in 2001 by Timothy Condon, a Tampa lawyer, against Office Depot of Delray Beach, Fla.
Condon contended that the faxes cost him quite a bit in paper and toner, saying that the faxes were worse than spam e-mail. Click here to read the entire article in this morning’s St. Petersburg Times.
With this ruling in place, companies are likely to replace junk faxes with e-mail spam here in Florida, or permission-based e-mail marketing, which allows companies to send marketing material to consumers with their permission.