Jamster, VeriSign sued for Deceptive Advertising

Deceptive advertising tricked thousands of Arkansas cell phone users into ordering what they thought were free cell phone ring tones but they instead ended up with millions of dollars of unwanted charges, a federal lawsuit charges.

Little Rock lawyer Tom Thrash filed suit in the Eastern District of Arkansas after his son and a friend both were deluged with unauthorized cell phone bill charges. According to Thrash's suit, 45,000 Arkansas cell phone customers have paid $2.3 million in the scheme.

"I think it's criminal," said Thrash, who argues the advertisements for free ring tones are aimed at teenagers and young adults.

Thrash's suit names Jamster and its parent company, VeriSign Inc., as defendants, accusing both of fraud, unjust enrichment, negligence and violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. A similar federal suit against the companies is pending in California. TheCabin.net ии BREAKING NEWS

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