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SCV resident files robocall lawsuit

Posted: June 19, 2014 6:29 p.m.
Updated: June 19, 2014 6:29 p.m.

A Santa Clarita Valley resident has filed a lawsuit against a former political candidate, alleging the candidate made illegal robocalls to his cellphone.

Saugus resident Robert Arkow filed the suit against former congressional candidate Navraj Singh, alleging that Singh placed two robocalls to his cellphone, which Arkow alleges is a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

“I think it’s wrong and I think it’s illegal,” Arkow said Thursday. “And, if necessary, I’ll take him to court.”

“Robocall” is the term used to refer to a pre-recorded message that is delivered by phone using an auto-dialer.

Robocalls are typically used in political or advertising campaigns.

Singh ran as a Republican in the June primary election to replace Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, who is retiring at the end of his current term.

Singh received 697 votes as of the latest tally, the fewest of any candidate in the eight-man field.

This is not the first time Arkow has filed a suit alleging illegal robocalls were made to his cellphone.

He filed a suit with similar allegations last year against Chris Trunkey, who was then a candidate for the Saugus Union School District board. Arkow received a $560 judgment in the matter.

“If enough people have to go to court, maybe it will stop,” Arkow said.

Trial on the matter is set for Aug. 27, according to Arkow.

Singh could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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BBennetts: Posted: June 20, 2014 12:00 a.m.

I salute Robert Arkow for pursuing this!

chefgirl358: Posted: June 20, 2014 12:05 a.m.

Amen! Thank you so much for taking them to task. I think every normal person in America supports what you are doing.

ricketzz: Posted: June 20, 2014 6:27 a.m.

I have never received any unsolicited phone calls on my mobile. I thought it was a non-issue. Who is your carrier?

timothymyers02: Posted: June 20, 2014 9:07 a.m.

These Robocall complaints I am also going to have to consign to the elderly whose mental abilities are slowing down. How hard is it to hit the "END" button when the call comes in, or ignore the 800 number on the screen?

tgiprize: Posted: June 20, 2014 2:56 p.m.

I've gotten these calls on my cell phone before. My bet is his carrier is Verizon.

timothymyers02: Posted: June 20, 2014 3:43 p.m.

Now FOUR things the "seasoned" citizens obsess about:

1. Water bills
2. Traffic light synchronization
3. Concern about why the Lottery isn't funding 100% of education
4. Robocalls

Checksum: Posted: June 22, 2014 6:48 a.m.

It really ticks me off to get calls from duct cleaning and home remoldeling companies when I am at work. Arkow could provide a public service with a how-to guide for suing these firms.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 22, 2014 7:34 a.m.

I stopped getting them the past few months, but for a year or two I would get about 3 a week, at least, on my cell. The number always showed up as being from WA, MA, or a few other states. The calls I was getting were known as "Rachel" calls where you answer, there's a recording from "Rachel" at Cardmember services and they can help you save money on your credit cards if you push #1. I would push the button so I could tell the person to remove me since I'm on the do not call list, but it only makes things worse. They say you shouldn't answer them at all because, the caller hangs up on you immediately upon beginning to ask for removal, and then, they know they have a live number and the calls begin to multiply in droves. I'm so glad they've stopped for the time being. Apparently, there are bunches of these operations and the govt shuts them down but they pop up somewhere else. I'm really enjoying the fact that they've stopped because it was really a nuisance.

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