A federal judge in Maryland has dismissed claims brought by a former attorney who alleged that a power company violated federal and state telephone consumer protection acts by placing calls to his residential landline.

Plaintiff Michael C. Worsham claimed that defendant Discount Power committed violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Maryland Telephone Consumer Protection Act in placing seven calls to his landline in November 2019. Senior Judge Richard D. Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland found that Worsham failed to provide evidence sufficient to establish an agency relationship between Discount Power and the third-party vendors making the calls to advertise discount energy services.