Three cruise marketing companies have reportedly agreed to settle a class action alleging they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by robo-calling millions of American consumers with offers for free trips. The deal will reportedly cost the companies between $56 million and $76 million to settle the claims.
The deal, involving Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., The Berkley Group Inc. and Vacation Ownership Marketing Tours Inc. was entered into just shortly before the trial was set to begin.
The plaintiffs, which include 1 million people who received calls from Caribbean Cruise Line and its subsidiary marketing companies between August 2011 and August 2012, will reportedly receive about $500 for each call they received. The amount class members will receive will change depending on how many people make claims. The minimum amount the companies will pay will be $56 million, while the maximum will be $76 million.
The case is Birchmeier et al. v. Caribbean Cruise Line Inc. et al., case number 1:12-cv-04069, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.