Cox Communications has agreed to pay $10.75 million to settle a class-action Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit that claimed it made collection calls using an automated telephone dialing system to an individual’s cell phone without her consent.
A copy of the proposed settlement in the case of Knapper v. Cox Communications can be accessed by clicking here.
The plaintiff received 11 calls on her cell phone from the defendant, which was seeking to contact someone else who had previously provided that number to the defendant.
The defendant “vehemently disputes” that it violated the TCPA and used an ATDS to make its calls, according to the proposed settlement, and denied all allegations of wrongdoing and liability, but agreed to the settlement to avoid “the expense and inconvenience of further litigation.”
Each class member is expected to receive between $100 and $300, depending on how many of the proposed 140,000 class members opt to participate in the settlement. The named plaintiff will receive $20,000 for her participation and the attorneys representing the plaintiffs will receive 28% of the settlement amount, or just over $3 million.
Before being finalized, the proposed settlement must be approved by the judge in the case, Judge Steven Logan of the District Court for the District of Arizona.
The plaintiff filed her original complaint more than two years ago.