As reported by Law360 (subscription), Judge Manish S. Shah of the Northern District of Illinois has granted preliminary approval to a $17.85 million settlement with Wells Fargo over consumer claims that the bank violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by improperly sending unsolicited and harassing prerecorded messages to cellphones about mortgages, home equity loans, credit card accounts, auto loans, student loans, and fraud alerts.
The litigation involves some 440,000 class members who claimed they received the automated calls from the bank between January 2013 and July 2019 despite not being Wells Fargo customers. If approved, the settlement will end six lawsuits filed in California, Georgia, and Illinois in 2017 and 2018.
In his ten-page order issued on Wednesday, July 10th 2019, Judge Shah also appointed Lieff Cabraser as Class Counsel along with McGuire Law PC and Girard Sharp LLP.
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.