Frickco Incorporated v. Nehmeh Enterprises, Inc. et al
ORDER granting Motions for Summary Judgment 68 69 70 Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
a Michigan corporation, individually
and as the representative of a class
of similarly situated persons,
Case No. 11-CV-11168
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
NEHMEH ENTERPRISES, INC.
d/b/a LITTLE CAESAR’S,
ALI NEHMEH, CAPITAL
and LESTER MORALES,
ORDER GRANTING MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (#68, #69, and #70)
On March 22, 2011, plaintiff filed a class action complaint alleging Nehmeh
Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Little Caesar’s (“NEI”), Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., Little Caesar
Detroit DMA Advertising Program, Inc., and Caesar Fund, Inc. violated the Telephone
Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §227, by sending unsolicited advertising faxes to
plaintiff and others, and alleging conversion on the same basis. On May 18, 2011, plaintiff
filed a first amended class action complaint, adding defendants Ali Nehmeh, Capitol
Communications, Inc., and Lester Morales and dismissing the Little Caesar defendants.
The case was stayed from August 15, 2011 to January 23, 2012. On March 12, 2012, the
court declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the conversion claim in this case
and therefore dismissed the conversion claim without prejudice. The motions currently
before the court are defendants’ motions for summary judgment. Defendants argue that
Capitol Communications, d/b/a Val-U-Fax, is a permission based fax service and that
Frickco gave Val-U-Fax permission to send the fax advertisement at issue in this case.
Defendants therefore argue the fax advertisement was not “unsolicited” as required by the
statute. The TCPA does not prohibit solicitation messages sent “to any person with that
person’s prior express invitation or permission.” 47 U.S.C. § 227(a)(4) and (5). Defendant
Capitol Communications sent requests for admission to plaintiff and plaintiff failed to deny
within the time permitted by the rules. As a result, plaintiff has admitted that it: (1)
voluntarily provided its fax number to Val-U-Fax, (2) agreed to receive fax advertisements
from Val-U-Fax, and (3) never contacted Val-U-Fax to request it to stop sending facsimile
advertisements. The court ordered a July 9, 2012 deadline for responding to the motions
for summary judgment. No response was filed by July 9, 2012; to date, no response to
defendants’ motions for summary judgment has been filed. The court finds that oral
argument is not necessary. See Local Rule 7.1(f). For the reasons set forth in the motions,
defendants’ motions for summary judgment are GRANTED. For the same reasons, the
cross-claim filed by Nehmeh Enterprises, Inc. and Ali Nehmeh is DISMISSED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: July 12, 2012
s/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
July 12, 2012, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
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