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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- There could be 500 dollars sitting on your fax tray. That's what Salt Lake attorney Michael Jensen found out. He was fed up with unwanted fax advertisements showing up at his office, wasting his paper and toner.
It turns out that Utah law prohibits sending unsolicited fax messages -- offenders have to pay their victims 500 dollars.
Jensen says he's taken on those who send junk faxes a half-dozen times. Offenders usually agree to settle quickly. Jensen has sometimes agreed to settle the matter for as little as 50 bucks.
But one company, Stone Edge Mortgage, ended up paying full price -- plus court costs -- after they were slow to reply to Jensen's claim.
Jensen filed a class-action lawsuit seeking damages for everyone who received one of the "consolidate-your-bills" advertisements.
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