DirecTV, Hilton Worldwide, State Farm and a number of other companies have been hit with class action lawsuits alleging they broke federal law by making unwanted and illegal robocalls to consumers. According to a federal law known as the Telephone Consumer Protect Act (TCPA), businesses – including both telemarketers and debt collectors – must receive express, written consent before they can start robocalling people. When a company fails to receive this consent, anyone who has been illegally autodialed may be able to receive up to $1,500 per phone call.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking to help consumers who received unwanted calls to their cell phones file lawsuits against major companies and debt collectors. These may include:
Unfortunately, litigation against scam artists – including those offering free prizes or sweepstakes – usually isn’t viable, as there must be a known company for you to sue. Furthermore, calls to home phones usually aren’t illegal unless the telemarketer is calling before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
Debt collection companies are required to receive express written consent from consumers before making robocalls. In addition, debt collectors must comply with do-not-call requests, even if the recipient owes money to the company.
You may be able to file a claim against the debt collection company if you asked them to stop calling and the company did not listen (even if you owe them money) or if you were contacted by error (i.e., the company had the wrong phone number).
While many debt collectors are protected against being sued by the debtor himself (all due to arbitration clauses), they are not immune to TCPA lawsuits if they robocall a friend or family member of a debtor.
Yes. The TCPA is very clear when it comes to rules companies must abide by when autodialing people. Here are some recent settlements against companies accused of making illegal robocalls:
If you’re receiving unwanted robocalls on your cell phone, get in touch with ClassAction.org by filling out the form on this page. If you never gave the company/telemarketer permission to call you, you may be able to join the thousands of consumers who have joined together to receive compensation for these unwanted, harassing phone calls. Be sure to save any messages you received from the autodialer to make filing a TCPA claim easier and remember – each unwanted phone call could be worth up to $1,500.
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