Interstate National Dealer Services Inc. has agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed the auto warranty company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Lead plaintiff Diana Mey filed the TCPA class action lawsuit after allegedly receiving a phone call from Interstate to her cellphone which was a number registered on the National Do Not Call Registry. Mey says that Interstate was attempting to sell her an extended warranty on her car and were in possession of her vehicle information (including her VIN number) regardless of the fact that she had never made an inquiry about a warranty.
Interstate maintains that it did not make any unsolicited telemarketing calls, or authorize any service providers to do so. However, they have agreed to the settlement to avoid the cost of further litigation.
Class Members who wish to “opt out” or object to the TCPA settlement must do so by Mar. 24, 2016.
The Interstate TCPA class action settlement is open to all Class Members who received one (or more) solicitation calls from Interstate between June 12, 2010 and Jan. 28, 2016 to a phone number that was listed on the National Do Not Call Registry.
In addition, the TCPA settlement is also open to all Class Members who received a call from Interstate on their cell phone.
Interstate has agreed to establish a $4.2 million Settlement Fund. All Class Members who submit a valid and timely Claim Form will receive an equal portion of the settlement once the Court gives final approval.