A website has been established to inform Class Members of their rights under a Tampa Bay Sports unwanted texts class action settlement.
While the website is live, it is not accepting claims yet. Top Class Actions will provide claim filing instructions as soon as they become available.
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The settlement website explain that the proposed settlement resolves consumer claims that Tampa Bay Sports violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending individuals marketing text messages without their consent.
Allegedly, the company uses “bait and switch” tactics to get sports fans to enter into prize sweepstakes or sign up for informational texts.
Tampa Bay Sports reportedly obtains fans’ cell phone numbers under these pretenses and then proceeds to flood the recipients’ phones with advertising and telemarketing texts on an almost daily basis. According to consumers, the company sent these messages to thousands of consumers.
The Tampa Bay Sports settlement website explains that no benefits are available yet, but recommends that Class Members continue to check the website for updates. The settlement is still awaiting approval by the court. According to the website, benefits will be awarded if the settlement is granted approval and after any appeals are resolved.
If the terms of the settlement are approved, Tampa Bay Sports will establish a settlement fund of $2.25 million. Class Members will receive around $45 from the settlement fund, if the deal is approved.
Class Members include all cell phone users and subscribers who were sent at least one text message in connection with the Bolts Text Club through the Phizzle text message dialing platform, after a keyword was texted to short code telephone number 61873.
The website informs Class Members that they have a number of options under the Tampa Bay class action settlement and are advised that their rights are affected.
Class Members can request to be excluded from the Tampa Bay Sports text class action settlement. The deadline to do so is yet to be established. Consumers who opt out of the Tampa Bay TCPA class action settlement will not be able to claim benefits from the settlement, but retain their rights to pursue independent litigation over the alleged TCPA violations.
Class Members can submit a written objection to the Tampa Bay Sports class action settlement. The deadline to do so is also yet to be determined. Consumers may attend the final approval hearing for the settlement, once it has been scheduled.
Consumers also have the option to do nothing, but their rights will still be affected if they choose this option. Class Members who do nothing will receive no benefits from the settlement and will also waive their right to pursue independent legal action.
Those who wish to receive settlement benefits and give up their rights to pursue litigation must submit a benefits claim. The deadline to submit a claim has not yet been established.
No legal liability has been attributed in the Tampa Bay class action lawsuit. Tampa Bay Sports agreed to settle the telemarketing claims in an effort to avoid the risks of continuing to litigate.
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Class Members are represented by David P. Milian, Juan J. Rodriguez, and Ruben Conitzer of Carey Rodriguez Milian Gonya LLP.
The Tampa Bay Sports Class Action Lawsuit is Hanley v. Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, Case No. 8:19-cv-00550-CEH-CPT, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
UPDATE: February 2020, the Tampa Bay Lightning text message class action settlement is now open. Click here to file a claim.
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