Stern Gets Legal Notice for Tax Info Broadcast !
Accidental blues on celebrity ! On 13th Feb 2017, a woman named Judith Barrigas, filed a complaint in Massachusetts federal court alleging that her tax information was aired during Sern Radio Show on May 19, 2015 in contravention of Federal Tort Claims Act .
What happened ?
As per the complaint , an IRS agent who took her call was also connected to the Stern Radio show and accidently whatever conversation happened between her and the IRS agent , were also broadcast to the Radio show . The incident happned on May 19, 2015 when she was discussing with IRS agent about the application of prior year liabilities to her tax refund.
Before the two connected, Forsythe had called into the Howard Stern Show using another phone line. While on hold, Forsythe took Barrigas’ call and proceeded to spend 45 minutes with her discussing her tax case. Apparently, during this conversation, someone at Stern’s show heard what was happening and decided to air the discussion live on satellite radio.
As per the complaint , the defendants did not take reasonable care by broadcasting the private phone conversation between Mrs. Barrigas and the IRS on May 19, 2015. This resulted , as per the complaint, airing publicly disseminating private tax return and identity information of Mrs. Barrigas’s to over one million people worldwide. For these reason, complaint has filed suitr demanding compensatory and punitive damages.
You can read the the full complaint.