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Wash. sues Fla. company over text message spam

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm •  Published: December 10, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna's office filed has filed a lawsuit targeting a Florida-based company accused of sending people unsolicited text messages, calling it another form of spam that annoys people and costs them money.

It's one of the first lawsuits by a state attorney general targeting spamming via text messages, said assistant Attorney General Paula Selis, who heads McKenna's High Tech Unit.

The lawsuit was filed this past Thursday in a U.S. District Court in Seattle.

McKenna's office is targeting Orlando-based Dinav Holding and its owners, Jonathan Charles Diaz and Juan Carlos Diaz. The lawsuit alleges the company over a period of two days in May targeted residents in Washington with texts advertising payday loans with companies not licensed in the state.

A phone number listed for Dinav Holding rang busy.

McKenna accuses Dinav Holding violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and two state consumer protection laws, the Washington State Commercial Electronic Mail Act and the Washington State Consumer Protection Act.

Washington's law does not allow commercial text messaging. The federal law prohibits making calls using an automated dialing system, officials said.

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