A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against rent-to-own retailer Aaron’s Inc. As reported by Law360 (subscription), the lawsuit alleges that the furniture and electronics dealer violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by using an automatic telephone dialing system and prerecorded voice to initiate calls to non-customer consumers. Note that you can visit the settlement website at www.aaronstcpasettlement.com.
The motion requesting preliminary approval of the unopposed class action settlement comes nearly two years after the plaintiff’s case was filed on claims that he repeatedly received pre-recorded phone calls from the retailer even though he had never conducted business with the company and never consented to being called.
Under the proposed settlement, Aaron’s has agreed to create a $2,175,000 cash settlement fund to compensate consumers who received autodialed calls from the company between June 8, 2014, through the date the court grants preliminarily approval to the settlement.
Lieff Cabraser has spearheaded a lengthy series of groundbreaking and successful class actions against various companies under the TCPA, including the instant suit. 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 $369 million to date, with additional actions continuing.