Boy, Did He Get a Wrong Number

Published June 14, 2012

In more possible spinoff litigation from the Trayvon Martin case, a Florida man has hired a lawyer to seek damages from T-Mobile for assigning him George Zimmerman’s old cell phone number.

The calls started pouring in day and night, many of them threatening and each one running up the man’s cell phone bill. The number went public when Zimmerman gave it to police on a 911 call, the tape of which was later released and publicized by news organizations and on the Internet.

T-Mobile changed the number, retired Zimmerman’s old number, credited the man’s account, and waived an early termination fee. The man wants an additional sum, undisclosed, and the company is refusing to pay.

Source: Rene Stutzman, “Orlando man with Zimmerman’s old phone number slammed by threatening calls,” Orlando Sentinel, June 8, 2012 h/t faces of lawsuit abuse, a project of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform