Ritchie v. Van Ru Credit Corp., 2014 WL 3955268 (D. Ariz. Aug. 13, 2014)
On August 13, 2014, Greenwald Davidson PLLC, as counsel for Lead Plaintiff Nivea Ritchie, secured final approval from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona of a $2.3 million settlement for a nationwide class of aggrieved consumers.
The lawsuit alleged that Van Ru Credit Corporation, Palisades Collection, L.L.C., and Asta Funding, Inc. (collectively, the “Defendants”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq. (the “TCPA”), by making debt collection calls to the cellular telephones of consumers using an automatic telephone dialing system without the consumers’ consent.
After extensive litigation, and following the close of discovery, the Defendants agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle the matter with the Class. Each class member who claimed into the settlement received $1,664.04, making the settlement one of the largest per-class-member recoveries ever under the TCPA.
The Class included all persons and entities throughout the United States to whom Van Ru Credit Corporation made or caused to be made one or more calls between January 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012 directed to a number assigned to a cellular telephone service, by using an automatic telephone dialing system where Van Ru’s records show the person or entity’s cellular telephone number was obtained from a skip trace vendor.
If you have any questions about the settlement or the litigation, please contact Michael L. Greenwald at (561) 826-5477.