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Pitney Bowes Changes Direction Trying to Avoid Class Action Suit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/

Pitney Bowes has changed course radically in trying to defend one of its companies, Imagitas.

Imagitas, facing a national class action suit for violation of driver''s privacy rights in six states, has now withdrawn a motion for summary judgment that claimed they had not violated the law. They have announced that, instead, they will file a motion for a multi-district litigation (MDL) to handle the violations of the Drivers'' Privacy Protection Act (DPPA).

A violation of the DPPA invokes a penalty of $2500 per incident. "We estimate that Pitney Bowes has affected about 22 million people by this violation," said Norwood "Woody" Wilner of the Jacksonville-based trial firm Wilner Hartley & Metcalf, P.A., and lead attorney in the class action suit against Imagitas.

Wilner's comments were made during a meeting of lead plaintiff lawyers from the six states where the Pitney Bowes Company did business. Imagitas targeted drivers in six states: Florida, Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, New York and Minnesota with commercial solicitations in envelopes containing vehicle registration.Wilner, who lead the first successful tobacco litigation, says the arrogance of a company to ignore privacy laws reminds him the early days of tobacco litigation.

"Despite explicit Federal Law, we have a company who is trying to work the system. This is unacceptable in the age of privacy," said Wilner. "The DPPA was created to protect drivers from privacy invasion. Pitney Bowes has reversed course after their lawyers worked with the court to set a hearing date in February."Wilner, a native of Miami Beach, Florida, became internationally famous for his successful campaign against the tobacco industry. Mr. Wilner and his team won the groundbreaking case, Carter v. Brown and Williamson, which resulted in the first verdict against the tobacco industry to be affirmed on appeal, involving both the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

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