Thousands of Consumers who Received automated or pre-recorded phone calls or text messages from businesses, marketing companies, or debt collectors may finally receive substantial cash settlements, but sadly, most of them are unaware of how fast and easy it is to apply.
Unwanted calls and automated text messages are among the FCC’s top consumer complaints. The TCPA provides up to $1,500 in statutory damages for each automated call, pre-recorded message or text message sent to consumers from an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (an “ATDS”) and/or prerecorded voice system in violation of the statute.
Considering how many calls, messages and other ATDS and prerecorded voice communications companies send out to their consumers on daily basis – the amounts of TCPA settlements are often very substantial, and this practice area for a long time has been a favorite of plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking impactful class payments.
On September 20, 2018, the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the statutory definition of an ATDS also includes a device that stores telephone numbers to be called, whether or not those numbers have been generated by a random or sequential number generator, expending the definition of an ATDS. The consequences of this decision are far-reaching and will likely affect other circuits. Following this decision, many consumers came forward and claimed cash compensation for violation of their rights under the TCPA.
Quick version: If you received automated or pre-recorded calls or text messages from any business, marketing company, or debt collector you may be entitled to receive cash compensation. Applying for a claim evaluation is free, confidential, and takes less than 60 seconds.
Who Should Apply for Claim Evaluation
Consumers who likely qualify for cash compensation:
- received pre-recorded or artificial voice messages or automated calls (“robocalls”);
- received collection calls to their residence before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.;
- received calls after they placed their names on a company’s do-not-call list or the national do-not-call registry;
- received a call from third-party solicitors on behalf of a company but were not provided with the name and contact information of the company.
Maybe What Happened To Me Wasn’t That Big Of A Deal
Many consumers will downplay what happened to them and will try to push it to the back of their mind. Not only unsolicited calls and text messages cause emotional distress, frustration, and annoyance, but the inaction of consumers is the very reason why companies have gotten away with these practices for such a long time. And it needs to stop.
No matter how minor violations may seem to you, companies may still be obligated by law to pay you.