Midland Credit Management Inc. has reached a $4.5 million class action lawsuit settlement with consumers who say the debt collection agency illegally recorded phone calls with them. If you received a telephone call from Midland between 2006 and 2011, you may be eligible to receive debt forgiveness or a cash award of up to $1,000 from the class action settlement.
The Midland call recording settlement will resolve a class action lawsuit (Daniel Pepper v. Midland Credit Management Inc.) that alleges Midland monitored and/or recorded telephone calls it made in an effort to collect debt without always giving notification at the beginning of the call that the call may be monitored or recorded.
Midland and the other defendants deny any wrongdoing but have agreed to establish a $4.5 million class action lawsuit settlement fund to pay out Class Members and resolve the litigation.
Class Members of the Midland call recording class action settlement include anyone who received a telephone call from Midland from July 13, 2006 through February 18, 2011 while in California, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania or Washington and was not informed at the beginning of the call that the call may be monitored or recorded
Under the class action lawsuit settlement, Class Members who submit a valid and timely Claim Form and are identified in Midland’s records as owing money to Midland will receive debt forgiveness of up to $1,000 of the money owed.
Midland will also distribute cash from the $4.5 million settlement fund pro-rata to Class Members who do not owe money to Midland, up to a maximum of $1,000 each. The amount of money or debt forgiveness you can receive may be less, depending on how many valid claims are filed.
The only way to receive benefits from the Midland call recording settlement is to submit a valid Claim Form postmarked no later than May 28, 2013.
A Final Fairness Hearing is set for August 23, 2013. Benefits will not be distributed until the settlement is approved and all objections are resolved.
Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Midland Credit Call Recording Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.RecordingClassAction.com.
UPDATE: The two appeals of the Court approved settlement have now been dismissed. Payment of settlement benefits are anticipated to be made no later than the second quarter of 2014, according to the Settlement Administrator, so that means payments should be mailed out any day now!
Did you receive an unsolicited cell phone call from a debt collection agency or another business? You may be able to participate in a free class action lawsuit investigation. Contacting consumers on their cell phones without prior permission is against the law, and you may be eligible to receive hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in compensation. Visit the Text Message Spam, Cell Phone Call TCPA Class Action Lawsuit Investigation for more details.
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