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Bills Pay $3 Million To Settle Stupid Text-Message Lawsuit

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A couple years back, Bills fans signed up to receive text messages featuring news and offers from the team. The fine print said they'd receive no more than five a week. This guy Jerry Wojcik got six! And then, a few weeks later, seven! So he sued. And now the Bills have agreed to cough up more than $3 million to settle the damn thing.

[I]n a settlement filed last week in federal court in Tampa, Fla., the Bills agreed to provide up to $2.5 million in debit cards to people who had signed up for the text service, along with $562,500 to Wojcik's lawyers and $5,000 in cash to Wojcik as class representative.

The estimated value of the debit cards that will be issued to class members who received more than five alerts in a given week is $2,487,745. The cards can be used at the Bills store at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park or online at the team's website. They can't be redeemed for cash.

The debit cards are worth $57.50, $65 or $75, depending on which class tier a fan is assigned to, and the Bills said in a legal filing that an estimated 39,750 phone numbers had been registered through the now-defunct text-messaging service.


Our original story on the lawsuit is below, wherein we called Wojcik "an incredible dickhead" (not a legal term). But he's $5,000 richer, so who's the dickhead now?

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