Sunday, November 7, 2004

Do Not Call This Guy

From the Toledo Blade:

Abraham Lincoln once said he who represents himself has a fool for a client, but don’t tell that to Gregory Reichenbach.

Mr. Reichenbach, a recent University of Toledo law school graduate who will take the ceremonial oath to become a licensed lawyer in Ohio on Monday, has chalked up another victory in his pro-se battle against telemarketing solicitors.

The Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals yesterday reversed a Toledo Municipal Court decision in a lawsuit Mr. Reichenbach filed against a business that made a prerecorded telephone solicitation to his West Toledo home in November, 2002.

The three-judge panel said the phone call was an unsolicited advertisement and violated federal law. It sent the case back to Municipal Judge Amy Berling to determine damages.

Mr. Reichenbach, 34, received the prerecorded call from a company advertising for a windshield repair service. He pressed a number to have a repair specialist call him back.

A representative returned the call, and Mr. Reichenbach eventually talked to the owner, Hyek Chung. He asked him to place him on the company’s do-not-call list and send him a copy of the company’s do-not-call policy.

When Mr. Chung didn’t send the policy and failed to respond to a letter asking for it, Mr. Reichenbach sued. He accused Mr. Chung of violating the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act, and asked for at least $700 in damages for the unsolicited phone message.

I just ask the telemarketer what they are wearing. That takes care of the problem right there.