iHeartMedia Inc. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to resolve allegations that the mass media company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending out unsolicited text messages to its radio listeners.
According to the iHeartMedia TCPA class action lawsuit, the company sent marketing text spam to the cell phones of consumers without prior express consent, which is required under federal law.
In addition to establishing a Settlement Fund, iHeartMedia has also agreed to change its company procedures to make sure it obtains the consent of listeners to receive text messages on their cell phones before sending out advertisements.
Those who are eligible to benefit from this TCPA class action settlementinclude anyone who received an advertising text message from iHeartMedia (or one of its radio stations) between Oct. 16, 2013 and Apr. 19, 2016 without giving their consent ahead of time.
Some of the alleged text spam received by consumers include the following:
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4 your cellphone, reply HOT.
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Circle K Convenience Stores
KDWB & Sky Zone Indoor
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Reply ‘MORE’ if you would like
2 receive info from Sky Zone on
bday party packages!
More info on the settlement here