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Uber Pays $20 Million Text Spam Class Action Settlement

Uber Pays $20 Million Text Spam Class Action Settlement

October 12, 2017 — The ride-sharing service Uber has offered to end a class action settlement involving illegal text messages with a $20 million settlement.

The lawsuit accused Uber of violating a federal law against unsolicited text spam, known as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

The class action was filed in August 2015 by six people who received text spam from Uber. The lead plaintiff, Maria Vergara, received 8 unsolicited text messages from Uber — despite the fact that she never downloaded the Uber app on her phone, or used Uber’s services.

Lawyers say text spam is harmful because some consumers will be forced to pay for “wireless spam” messages by their phone company.

Uber was charged with routinely sending text spam to incorrect phone numbers. Uber was also accused of using phone numbers for advertising without permission from people who gave the numbers.

Anyone who received unsolicited text messages from Uber between December 31, 2010 and August 17, 2017 is eligible for compensation as part of the settlement.

Lawyers are proposing $13.2 million to be split among everyone who joins the class action, plus $6.7 million in fees and $10,000 to each of the 6 lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Claim forms to join the class action lawsuit must be submitted by December 15, 2017. For more information, please visit www.UberTCPASettlement.com.

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