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NEWS RELEASE
Oct 07, 2004


CONTACT: Lawrence Markey, Jr. (310) 392-0522, ext. 317

Court Stops Nation's Largest Junk Faxer;

Fax.com's Illegal Telemarketing Scams Shut Down as Result of Attorney General Suit
Santa Monica, CA -- A federal district court in San Diego, California has issued a preliminary injunction against Fax.com, Inc., generally considered the nation's biggest junk faxer, in a case brought by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Indiana Attorney General Stephen Carter. The injunction prohibits Fax.com and its many affiliated companies and employees from engaging in further junk faxing. Consumer advocates hail this development as a crucial step in the fight to prevent businesses from shifting their advertising costs to fax machine owners who do not want or need the products advertised.

Lawrence Markey, Jr., Staff Attorney for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights issued the following statement: "These unwanted ads infuriate fax machine owners by wasting paper and toner, waking people at all hours of the night, and blocking legitimate faxes, which can cause lost sales and irritated customers. This injunction will put one of the worst offenders out of the junk fax business, and should send a message to others who break this law."

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, a non-profit organization, has brought legal actions to stop illegal junk faxing in the past. Federal law provides consumers with a right to recover a minimum of $500 in damages for each junk fax received. Click here for more information.

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