Charvat vs. Carnival: Class Action Lawsuit for Free Cruise Robocalls-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:

People who received pre-recorded robocalls about a free cruise could be eligible for up to a $900 settlement in the Charvat vs. Carnival, et al class action lawsuit.

The Truth:

Those who received pre-recorded robocalls from Carnival, Norwegian or Royal Caribbean cruise lines between July 2009 and March 2014 could be eligible for $300, $600 or $900 in compensation under a class action lawsuit settlement agreement.

The Charvat vs. Carnival et al lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of lead plaintiff Philip Charvat, claims that Resort Marketing Group, Inc., (RMG) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by making unlawful automated phone calls on behalf of Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises and NCL, which operates Bahamas and Norwegian cruise lines. A federal judge approved a settlement agreement that will total $7 million to $12.5 million, depending on how many claims are filed before a November 3, 2017, deadline:

Each RMG telemarketing call you received will have a maximum value of $300. You may file a claim for up to three calls per telephone number included in the Call Records. This means that your maximum payment amount could be $900 per telephone number. Although payment amounts could be $300-$900, actual payment amounts will be based on the total number of calls and valid Claim Forms received.

The settlement amount that each person is entitled to will vary depending on how many people file claims. At most, $300 will be awarded per call for up to three calls ($900 maximum). But if the number of valid claims exceeds the settlement claims ceiling, each person will receive “a proportionately reduced payment amount” for each call they received. In other words, payouts could be less than $300 per call.

A webpage has been set up to help determine if your phone number was included in the class action lawsuit. You can log on and enter your number here to find out — or you can call 1-855-636-6134 to learn more.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Collected on: 08/18/2017

Can I get $900 for free cruise robocalls?