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Monday, February 11, 2019

Class-Action Suit Targets Ballpark Village's Budweiser Brew House Over Texts

Posted By on Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 6:53 AM

Budweiser Brew House is part of the Ballpark Village complex adjacent to Busch Stadium. - SHUTTERSTOCK/BRIAN S
  • Budweiser Brew House is part of the Ballpark Village complex adjacent to Busch Stadium.

Troubling could be brewing at Ballpark Village, with a lawsuit accusing Budweiser Brew House (601 Clark Street) of sending thousands of unsolicited text messages to patrons in violation of federal law.

The allegations are contained in a class-action lawsuit filed last week in federal court against the bar and its corporate owner, Baltimore-based Entertainment Consulting International. It claims that the two entities used an auto-dialer to send text blasts with promotions and other marketing materials to people who'd never given their consent. Some of the recipients were on the federal Do Not Call list, the suit alleges.

"Due to Defendants’ unsolicited text messages, Plaintiff’s and the putative class members’ privacy was invaded, their solitude was disturbed, their phones were interfered with and lifespans depleted, including phone batteries, LCD screens, speakers, vibration motors, and other components," the suit claims.

Filed by attorneys Anthony DeWitt of Jefferson City and Edward D. Robertson III of Leawood, Kansas, the suit seeks to have certified as a class anyone who received a promotional text message from Budweiser Brew House in the last five years. It suggests each member should get $1,500 in damages for each text message.

The suit also seeks an injunction barring future texts.

Entertainment Consulting Inc. did not respond to a message seeking comment Friday.

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