Gehrich TCPA Settlement
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Welcome to the Gehrich TCPA Settlement Website

Important Settlement Update:

There have been several appeals filed regarding the Settlement in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and it’s always uncertain what the outcome of any appeal will be. Resolving the filed appeals can take time, perhaps more than a year. Please be patient; any Settlement updates will be posted in this section.

The Court held a Final Approval Hearing on October 22, 2015. On March 2, 2016, Judge Feinerman approved the motion for class certification and incentive awards and approved in part and denied in part the motions for attorneys’ fees and settlement approval. The documents relating the Judge Feinerman’s March 2, 2016 order can be found on the Court Documents page.

Overview

A settlement of a class action lawsuit brought against Chase Bank USA, N.A. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (collectively, “Chase”) by several consumers (“Plaintiffs”) has been reached in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Gehrich v. Chase, Case No. 1:12-CV-5510).

Plaintiffs allege that Chase violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq. (“TCPA”), by making automated telephone calls (i.e., using an automatic telephone dialing system and/or an artificial or prerecorded voice) and sending text messages to cell phones, including Collection Calls and Automatic Alerts, in connection with Chase credit card and bank accounts without the prior express consent of the people contacted.

“Collection Calls,” as used here, are automated calls placed to a cell phone in connection with attempts to collect debts relating to a Chase credit card or bank account. “Automatic Alerts,” as used here, are automated calls or texts placed to a cell phone that provide account information (but not information sent to confirm or identify suspected fraudulent activity) to the recipient.

Who Is Included in the Settlement?

You are in the Settlement Class if, on or after July 1, 2008 through December 31, 2013, you received:

  1. Collection Calls relating to a Chase credit card or bank account
  2. Automatic Alerts relating to a Chase credit card or bank account, and you were the intended recipient of the communication; or
  3. Automatic Alerts relating to a Chase credit card or bank account, and you were not the intended recipient of the communication.

What Are The Terms Of The Settlement?

Chase will pay the amount of $34,000,000 into a Settlement Fund, which will cover: (1) cash payments to eligible persons in the Settlement Class who submitted valid Claim Forms; (2) a dedicated cy pres distribution of $50,000 to the Consumer Federation of America; (3) settlement administration expenses; (4) court-approved incentive awards to the five class representatives in the amount of $1,500 each ($7,500 total); and (5) court-approved attorney fees and costs of $7,257,914.10.

Cash Payments The following persons in the Settlement Class must have submitted a valid Claim Form in order to receive a cash payment:

Please see the Class Notice for additional detail.

What Are Your Options?

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
Submit a Claim Eligible persons in the Settlement Class may submit a Claim Form to receive a cash payment. Those persons may submit a Claim Form online through this website or by mail to Gehrich TCPA Settlement, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 35112, Seattle, WA 98124-5112. If your Claim Form is not submitted by the deadline, you will not receive a cash payment. The deadline to submit a Claim Form has passed.
Do Nothing If you do nothing, you will not receive a settlement payment and will give up your right to sue Chase separately. The deadline to submit a Claim Form has passed.
Exclude Yourself or “Opt Out” of the Settlement If you ask to be excluded, you will not receive a payment. This option allows you to pursue your own claims against Chase in the future. The deadline to opt out of the Settlement has passed.
Object Write to the Court about why you believe the Settlement is unfair in any respect. The deadline to object to the Settlement has passed.
Go to the Final Approval Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. You must file with the Court and serve on all parties a Notice of Intention to Appear. The deadline to file a Notice of Intent to Appear at the Final Approval Hearing has passed.

Please see the Class Notice for additional detail.

Final Approval Hearing

The Final Approval Hearing was held on October 22, 2015 and a further status hearing was held on December 15, 2015. The Court granted final approval of the Settlement on March 2, 2016.

The Class Notice contains additional information and important details regarding this Settlement. Please review it carefully.

This website will be updated as additional information becomes available. Please check back periodically for important updates regarding the Settlement.