Judge awards nearly $230,000 to Texas woman who fielded 153 robocalls from a cable company

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A federal judge has awarded a Texas woman nearly $230,000, saying a cable company harassed her with 153 robocalls even after she complained about them.

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Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan federal court ordered Time Warner Cable Inc. on Tuesday to make the $229,500 payment to Araceli King of Irwing, Texas.

She sued last year, saying she had repeatedly asked the company to stop making the calls.

A spokeswoman for Time Warner says the company is reviewing its options and determining how to proceed.

Hellerstein says he tripled the $1,500 penalty for each call because Time Warner's actions were "particularly egregious."

King's lawyer, Sergei Lemberg, says his client is delighted. He says the decision sends a message to consumers to "stop taking it on the chin" when robocalls don't stop.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the Texas city is Irving, not Irwing.