The is a significant settlement with a debt collection agency in a case involving automated dialers and messages used to contact consumers on cell phones.
The case against AllianceOne Receivables Management, Inc. is a class action. The lawsuit alleges that AllianceOne violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling cell phones using an automated dialer or with a prerecorded voice message without the consumers’ prior consent.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, AllianceOne is to contribute a minimum of $1 million and a maximum of $9 million to a settlement fund that will be dispersed to consumers. The final settlement amount will be determined by how many claims are made by class members. Each eligible consumer will be entitled to a maximum of $40.
The agreement is still pending final approval.