Federal judge upholds $925M damages verdict in robocall case

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld a $925 million damages award in a class-action case against a Michigan-based marketing company that a jury in Portland, Oregon, found had conducted unlawful telemarketing practices. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports ViSalus Inc. placed nearly 2 million recorded robocalls to potential customers across the country offering deals on weight-loss products, dietary supplements and energy drinks. An Oregon woman who had once been a promoter for the company brought the suit, arguing the outfit’s prerecorded calls violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. ViSalus did not immediately return an email seeking comment.