WASHINGTON - Kent Newbold calls himself a reluctant poster boy for legal reform.
He's the Toyota-BMW dealer whose insurance company paid an estimated $6.5 million last year to settle a class-action lawsuit brought because a contractor for the dealership sent 33,000 advertisements by fax machine.
Federal law prohibits faxed ads unless they go only to people who have a business relationship with the advertiser. One of the remedies is a class-action lawsuit for damages for every business or person who claims to harm by receiving the ad.
Newbold, president of Newbold Toyota-BMW of O'Fallon, Ill., says the contractor, now out of business, assured him the ad campaign was legitimate.