Minnillo & Jenkins Co., LPA filed a federal lawsuit against Silv Communications, Inc., on behalf of a local business and all others affected by the alleged scam. The complaint (read it here) alleges that Silv Communications calls consumers under false pretenses claiming to confirm “directory” information. According to the complaint, Silv records the call and then edits it electronically to create a phony recording that it uses as “consent” to switch the victim’s long distance provider so it can collect additional fees from the consumer. The complaint cites dozens of similar reports about Silv Communications to the Better Business Bureau and the Ohio Attorney General.
Silv Communications’ lawyers filed a motion to dismiss claiming, among other things, that there is no private right of action under the federal Telecommunications Act and that such claims cannot be brought as class actions. On December 5, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio rejected all of Silv Communications’ arguments (read it here) allowing the case to proceed. Minnillo & Jenkins will vigorously pursue this case on behalf of all affected individuals and businesses. If you have been subjected to Silv’s alleged scam or others like it, please contact us to discuss your potential claims.