On June 24, 2022, U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York issued an order granting final approval to a $38.5 million settlement of the long-running abusive debt collection practices lawsuit filed by Lieff Cabraser against National Grid. National Grid owns and operates multiple gas and electric companies in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island and is alleged to have robo-called the cell phones of millions of individuals without their consent from March 2011 to October 29, 2021.
The complaint charges that National Grid violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), a federal law which prohibits abusive telephone practices, and places strict limits on the use of automated calls to cell phones.
The $38.5 million non-reversionary cash settlement includes sweeping business practice changes requiring that National Grid maintain compliance with the TCPA going forward. Over 400,000 class members have made claims thus far, and will each receive a $50 cash payment.
The LCHB National Grid team was led by Douglas Cuthbertson and John Nicolaou and included Jonathan Selbin, Daniel Hutchinson, Avery Halfon, among many others. We are delighted to have achieved such a strong result for our clients after seven+ years of extremely hard-fought litigation.