Rhodes v. Olson Associates, P.C. d/b/a Olson Shaner, 308 F.R.D. 668 (D. Colo. 2015)
The parties have reached a settlement of this action in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The settlement provides for a common fund from which valid claimants will receive a pro-rata share.
This case stems from alleged violations by Olson Associates, P.C. d/b/a Olson Shaner (“Defendant”) of sections 15 U.S.C. 1692d(6) and 15 U.S.C. 1692e(11) of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692, et seq. (“FDCPA”) with regard to debt collection phone calls made to consumers in Colorado. Lead Plaintiff Kellie Rhodes alleged that Defendant violated the FDCPA by making debt collection phone calls to consumers where Defendant failed to disclose that it was a debt collector calling to collect a debt.
The Settlement Class is defined as:
All persons(1) located in Colorado, (2) for whom Olson Associates, P.C. left, or caused to be left, a voice message, (3) in connection with the collection of a consumer debt, (4) between March 31, 2013 and March 30, 2014, (5) where Olson Associates, P.C. left a mesasge for the consumer that is materially identical to the following message:
HI, THIS MESSAGE IS FOR (DEBTOR/CO-DEBTOR). THIS IS (OLSON SHANER EMPLOYEE'S NAME) WITH THE LAW FIRM OF OLSON SHANER. PLEASE RETURN MY CALL REGARDING A PERSONAL MATTER. I WILL BE IN THE OFFICE TODAY UNTIL (TIME), AND WILL RETURN (TOMORROW/ON MONDAY) AT (TIME). YOU CAN REACH ME AT (NUMBER).
The settlement was preliminarily approved by the Court on June 12, 2015.
The Court granted final approval of the settlement on September 11, 2015.
Each participating class member will receive more than $70.
If you have any questions about the settlement or the litigation, please contact Michael L. Greenwald at (561) 826-5477.