LeBoeuf v. Forster & Garbus LLP, 2020 WL 1283096 (E.D. La. Mar. 13, 2020)
A consumer sued Forster & Garbus LLP (“Defendant”) alleging that the company failed to effectively provide certain disclosures when attempting to collect debts from persons in Louisiana, in violation of federal law.
Pursuant to the parties’ settlement agreement, Defendant will create a fund of $7,500 for 289 consumers (approximately $25.95 each), which will be distributed on an equal basis to those class members who do not timely exclude themselves from the settlement. Defendant will separately pay: (1) $1,000 to the Class Representative, (2) the costs of notice and administration of the settlement, and (3) reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses to counsel for the Class Representative , subject to the Court’s approval. Defendant has also agreed to stop using the form of debt collection letter at issue.
The class is defined as all persons (a) with a Louisiana address, (b) to whom Forster & Garbus LLP mailed an initial written communication not known to be returned as undeliverable, (c) in connection with the collection of a consumer debt, (d) between February 4, 2018 and February 4, 2019, (e) that included a minimum amount due date that was within 30 days of the date of the initial written communication.
The Court will hold a final fairness hearing on July 2, 2020.
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