Earlier this year, in July, Judge John Z. Lee approved a $9.25 million
settlement between American Express Co., American Express Centurion Bank,
and customers who claimed the company and a hired third party, Alorica,
made illegal debt collection and telemarketing calls to them. The settlement
comes in two parts – an $8.25 million settlement, which covers the
798,000 class members who made the claim regarding illegal phone calls
and a $1 million settlement for the 3,200 class members who claimed that
AmEx violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by hiring a third party to make the collection calls.
AmEx argued that they had consent to make calls to the plaintiffs and that
a class could not be certified since not all issues were the same among
the Telemarketing Settlement Class Members. Additionally, AmEx said that
some of the claims were subject to arbitration agreements that would take
away the Telemarketing Class Members’ ability to pursue their claims.
These same arguments were used in regards to the Debt Collection Settlement Class.
The Telemarketing Settlement Agreement dictates that a plaintiff may petition
the Court for a Class Representative service award, which AmEx agreed
to as long as it does not exceed $10,000. For the Debt Collection Settlement,
the same rules apply, and AmEx agreed to it as long as the award does
not exceed $5,000.
Harassment by debt collectors and third party agencies is not only intolerable, but
a violation of the law as shown in this case. It is your right to be protected
against these types of practices. At Sulaiman Law Group, LTD, we are here
to protect those rights and are ready to file lawsuits against at-fault
creditors. Call us now at
312-313-1613 and take the first step to breaking free from unrelenting creditors and
their abhorrent tactics.