The Northern District Court of California recently entered a $267 million judgment against a debt collector for TCPA violations. The Court found that Rash Curtis & Associates violated the TCPA by making 534,000 autodialed or prerecorded calls to debtors’ cell phones without valid consent.
The final judgment awarded each class member $500 per call for an aggregate award of $267 million. The judgment highlights the importance of establishing robust compliance policies and procedures for outbound telephone campaigns and regularly auditing those policies and procedures. It also demonstrates why defendants are often hesitant to fully litigate TCPA claims.