This lawsuit does not involve a Disco ball, bad music or ugly clothing but claims that consumers were sent text messages without their permission. The lawsuit is entitled Pimental v. Google Inc., et al. and claims that Slide Inc violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending customers unsolicited text messages from the Disco group text messaging service created by Slide. It should be noted that Slide Inc is a subsidiary of Google. One class members contends that he received over 100 text messages in one day from Slide… that is more than 4 every hour! Talk about annoying. The defendants deny any actions of wrong doing but have agreed to settlement terms. A total settlement amount of $6,000,000 has been agreed upon in the Disco Text class action lawsuit. Class members in the Disco Text Settlement are defined as anyone who received a text message regarding the Disco messaging service that was sent through the Disco messaging service without their prior express consent. The class member must of also lived in the United States or its territories in order to be considered a class member. Under the settlement terms class members will receive a CASH payment that will not exceed $500. Class members have until 06/28/2013 to file a claim. The number of class members is predicted to be around 400,000. Please note that a class member can only make one claim regardless of how many text messages they received.
The case is in the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and will be heard before the Honorable Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. The law firms of Jay Edelson, Rafey S. Balabanian, and Christopher L. Dore of Edelson McGuire, LLC will represent that class members and they will receive 33% of the proposed settlement amount. If a class member would like to exclude themselves from the settlement please write a letter to:
Disco Text Settlement Administrator
PO Box 3967
Portland, OR 97208-3967
They will be required to include their name, address, phone number, signature and exclusion request in writing. The deadline for class members to object or exclude themselves from the lawsuit is 04/02/13. A settlement fairness hearing will be held before Ronald V. Dellums at 2pm on on May 14, 2013 to determine if the settlement is fair. The hearing will be located at 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, California 94612. The class counsel can be reached at:
350 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60654