The class action lawsuit was filed by Maria Vergara on August 7, 2015, after she received at least 8 unsolicited text messages with confirmation numbers to sign up for Uber — even though she never used Uber or tried to download the Uber app.
The lawsuit accuses Uber of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by automatically sending out unsolicited text messages to people who never their phone number to Uber.
That practice can cost those receiving the texts money, because many phone service providers charge for receiving “wireless spam.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Uber routinely sent automated text messages to people who never gave Uber permission to use their phone numbers for advertising purposes.
Anyone who received an unsolicited text message from Uber between December 31, 2010 and August 17, 2017 may be eligible for compensation as part of the $20 million settlement agreement.
In January 2018, a judge in Illinois will decide whether to approve the settlement agreement, as well as a $10,000 award to each of the 6 lead plaintiffs, and $6.7 million in attorneys’ fees plus expenses.
That leaves about $13.2 million to be split between an undetermined number of class members. The payout will depend on the number of people who submit a valid claim form by December 15, 2017.
Claims can be filed online or by mail. Information about filing a claim can be found at www.UberTCPASettlement.com.