A local chiropractor has filed two putative class action lawsuits, alleging he was sent unsolicited faxes on his fax machine, costing him paper and ink.

Dr. Robert L. Meinders filed suit April 3 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against UnitedHealthCare Inc., UnitedHealthCare of Illinois Inc. and John Does 1-12.

The Record reported last week on the other case Meinders filed against The Emery Corp., doing business as Sterling Management Systems.

In both cases, Meinders, who operates the Back Pain Clinic in Belleville, says the unsolicited faxes violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

“Unsolicited faxes damage their recipients,” the suits state. “A junk fax recipient loses the use of its fax machine, paper and ink toner. An unsolicited fax wastes the recipient’s valuable time that would have been spent on something else.”

Meinders claims he received the faxes on March 2, 2013, and at various other times throughout 2013. He says he was not the only one to receive faxes.

Meinders is asking the judge to certify his complaints as class action lawsuits and is seeking damages of $500 to $1,500 for each violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. He is also seeking an injunction prohibiting the defendants from engaging in the statutory violations at issue, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

He is being represented by Phillip A. Bock and James M. Smith of Bock and Hatch in Chicago and Robert J. Sprague of Sprague and Urban in Belleville.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case numbers 14-L-256, 14-L-255.

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