This article first appeared on Cowboy State Daily.
By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A Louisiana man who has filed more than 70 lawsuits in 30 different federal courts has filed his first lawsuit in Wyoming, suing a company registered as a Wyoming business for violating federal “do not call” rules.
Clinton Strange, of Greenwood, Louisiana, is suing a company called “G My Business,” which is registered with the Secretary of State’s office as a Wyoming corporation, for alleged repeated calls made on her cell phone in violation of federal “do not call” law. ” rules.
Strange, acting as his own attorney, is seeking up to $28,000 in damages from G My Business, which he says contacted him multiple times in September 2021 and defrauded him of nearly $500, that he was able to recover.
Strange filed his lawsuit on April 12 against G My Business, a company registered to do business in Wyoming. The company shares a Sheridan address with several others, including the Cloud Peak Law Group, which offers services such as setting up limited liability companies and serving as a registered agent for businesses.
State law allows businesses to register as Wyoming businesses while maintaining a minimal presence in the state.
Strange’s lawsuit alleges that G My Business’ parent company, SMJD Global, was hired by a Utah company, Bright Heights Enterprises, to provide business leads to the Bright Heights web design company.
Instead, Strange said, he was repeatedly contacted by employees of G My Business, who posed as Google employees and told him that his Google Map listings were going to be shut down unless it only pays $399.
Strange ended up paying $499, according to his lawsuit, but he kept getting calls.
The money was reimbursed by Bright Heights, according to court documents filed in Strange’s separate lawsuit against that company in federal court in Utah. A settlement has been reached in this case.
Strange said he continued to receive calls even though his phone number was on the federal “do not call” list and despite his repeated requests to callers to remove his number from their lists.
Federal “do not call” rules allow people with numbers on the federal list who are contacted by phone by companies with whom they have had no previous contact to seek damages of up to 1 $500 per business call.
Strange’s lawsuit seeks damages both for the phone calls and for the company’s alleged use of an automated phone dialing system, which it says is also a violation of privacy law. consumers over the phone.
While the lawsuit is the first Strange has filed in Wyoming, it’s not the first he’s filed for “do not call” violations.
According to federal court records, Strange, acting as his own attorney, has filed more than 70 lawsuits against various companies since 2017 in various federal courts.
Several of the lawsuits reviewed by Cowboy State Daily raised allegations of “do not call” violations. Settlements appeared to have been reached in most of the cases reviewed.
However, Strange’s pursuits don’t exclusively involve phone calls.
In 2019, he sued Caesar’s Entertainment, claiming more than $80,000 over allegations that he and his mother both suffered from food poisoning in 2018 after eating at one of the company’s restaurants. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
In 2018, Strange sued Walmart, claiming that a receipt he received in 2015 contained both the last four digits of the card he used to pay his bill and its expiration date, which, in his view, constituted a violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.
The lawsuit was dismissed by a judge who determined that Strange suffered no harm from the incident.
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