Carnival Faxes Spur Lawsuit

A New York travel agent has won a lawsuit against Carnival Corp. for sending him a whole lot of unsolicited faxes.

Federal law prohibits sending unsolicited advertisements by fax. The judge was not impressed by Carnival’s argument that the fliers the company faxed were informational, not advertising. He called the claim “frivolous and specious,” which I believe is judge talk for “give me a break.”

Damages could be as much as $2 million, but the agent’s lawyers note that changes in the law will make it much harder to pursue such claims in the future. This is bad news for me because I just traded all my personal information for a chance to wear a Carnival hat at The New York Times Travel Show.



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