Papa Johns sued in class action alleging unsolicited text messaging

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012 by Steve Larson

A group of Papa John’s customers have filed a class action lawsuit against the pizza corporation as well as a handful of Papa John’s franchisees for unsolicited text messages.  A U.S. District Court Judge in Seattle, John Coughenour, certified the nationwide class action case against Papa John’s International (NASDAQ: PZZA) for damages the plaintiffs say could reach over $250 million.

The plaintiffs, who first filed the lawsuit in 2010, point to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 which could lead to a penalty of at least $500 per unsolicited telephone advertisement or texting message. 

In August, Jiffy Lube settled a similar lawsuit.  The lawsuit against Papa John’s also names five Papa John’s franchisee owners in different states: Rain City Pizza, Rose City Pizza, Seattle PJ Pizza, PJ Sound Pizza, Papa Washington.