Western Union to Settle TCPA Class Suit for $8.5M

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By Jimmy H. Koo

Oct. 30 — Western Union Co. agreed Oct. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to pay $8.5 million to settle a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action alleging that it sent unsolicited text messages.

The motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement represented that the proposed settlement is “among the most superior TCPA class action settlements in the country—ever.”

According to proposed-class counsel Siprut PC, after deducting the requested attorneys' fees of approximately $2.89 million and other costs, the remaining settlement fund will have more than $5.36 million. Assuming that 1 percent, 3 percent or 5 percent of class members submit valid claims, the counsel said, each class member will receive approximately $651.37, $217.12 or $130.28, respectively.

The motion for preliminary settlement approval said that review of recent TCPA, 47 U.S.C. § 227, settlements establishes that the proposed settlement “outranks” virtually all of the significant settlements to precede it. Specifically, settlement class members may receive more than double, and in some cases triple, what class members received in other TCPA settlements, it said.

Latham & Watkins LLP represented Western Union.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jimmy H. Koo in Washington at jkoo@bna.com

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