Class action lawsuit could get you $500 per call for unwanted robocalls about cruises _ kxan. com

NEW YORK (NBC News) — Did you get a robocall about five or six years ago offering you a “free cruise” in exchange for a short survey? If so, you could get $500 for each call you received.

According to NBC News, Florida-based Caribbean Cruise Line and its two co-defendants — Vacation Ownership Marketing Tours and The Berkeley Group — have agreed to pay between $56 and $76 million to settle a class action lawsuit that claimed they made millions of unwanted and illegal robocalls between August 2011 and August 2012 in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

More than a million people may be eligible for that money, but here’s the catch — you have to file a claim in order to be included in the settlement. Tee ball age And the deadline is February 1. Uw softball roster You can do that online at

“It is the largest TCPA settlement ever,” said Chris Dore with Edelson PC, the Chicago law firm that brought this case. Baseball online stores “The money is available, but it does require consumers to take the very easy step of filling out an online claim form.”

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Caribbean Cruise Line launched a major robocall campaign in August 2011 to landlines and cellphones. Wiffle ball pitches The automated messages told people they would get a free cruise if they took a short survey. Fence factory Here’s an example of one of those calls:

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The lawsuit claimed Political Opinions of America was “not a legitimate survey organization or even a real company. Football games download for pc “It was simply a made-up name, a pretext for unsolicited telemarketing.”

Those who responded were connected to a live operator at Caribbean Cruise Line who attempted to upsell them a more expensive vacation package that required the travelers sit through a timeshare presentation at a resort owned by The Berkeley Group.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Illinois, claimed the survey was simply a smokescreen for a sales pitch and therefore was not exempt from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Fences play script How Do You File a Claim?

The lawyers in the class action lawsuit have the names of about 900,000 people they know received the bogus Political Opinions of America robocalls. Pitch in for baseball These people have already been sent a notice or contacted by email about the settlement.

“Tens of thousands have responded so far and we believe there are a lot more individuals out there who can be part of this settlement,” attorney Chris Dore told NBC News.

• You believe you got one of these calls and can prove it with some type of documentation, such as caller ID or phone records, a recording of the call or even a screen shot of the call log on your cellphone

If you received three calls or fewer and your landline or cell number is in the defendants’ records or you submit proof you received the call, it’s presumed that you received three calls. Little league baseball bat rules You will receive payment for three calls (up to $1,500), unless challenged by the settlement administrator.

If you received more than three calls and can prove it, you can file a claim for each one. Watch baseball online free Some people, Dore said, have already filed claims for more than 10 calls.

Keep in mind: You didn’t have to take the survey or sign up for the cruise to be part of this settlement. Facebook logo black That’s because the act of placing these robocalls is a violation of law. Fantasy football names for girls You can find out more about the settlement and fill out a claim form at Select basketball teams near me If you need help filing a claim or obtaining phone records, call the claims settlement administrators at 866-354-3015.