Judge Richard W. Story of the Northern District of Georgia has granted preliminary approval to a $30.4 million settlement with Wells Fargo on consumer claims that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) with the use of an autodialer, artificial voice technology, or prerecorded messages to call cellphones about account overdrafts.
The litigation involved a total of 6.4 million class members. Under the proposed settlement, each consumer submitting a qualified claim will receive around $4.75 to resolve the alleged violations.
As reported by Law360 (subscription), one plaintiff noted that “after she got a new phone number, she started getting autodialed calls from Wells Fargo – even though she wasn’t a customer. Despite telling Wells Fargo that she wasn’t who it was trying to reach and asking to be taken off its list, she kept getting calls about account overdrafts.”
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) prohibits abusive telephone practices by lenders and marketers, and places strict limits on the use of autodialers to call or send texts to cellphones. Lieff Cabraser has spearheaded a series of groundbreaking class actions under the TCPA. The settlements in these cases have put a stop to collectively millions of harassing calls by debt collectors and others and have resulted in the recovery by consumers across America of over $200 million to date, with additional actions continuing.
If you have received what you feel are unwanted or abusive cell calls or text messages, please contact a national consumer protection attorney at Lieff Cabraser for a free review of your case.