• If you've gotten a robocall about a free cruise, you could get up to $900

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Up to $900 may be available to those who received a robocall saying they won a free cruise. 

    The class-action lawsuit, Charvat v. Carnival et al claims that Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line allowed Resort Marketing Group to make robo calls offering free cruises with the lines and in doing so violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.


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    Those who are the owner, subscriber or user of a landline or cell phone that received a recorded telemarketing call between 2009 and 2014 may get a up to $300 from the suit. Individuals may file up to three claims for a maximum payment amount of $900.

    Claims can be filed and individuals can check to see if their number is part of the settlement at the Charvat v. Carnival et al website.

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    How much will my payment be?

    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. For example:

    If, after deducting attorneys’ fees and expenses, the incentive award, and settlement administration costs, the amount needed to pay all valid claims is less than the balance of the Settlement Fund, then each Settlement Class Member who submits a valid Claim Form will receive $300 per call for up to three calls, and the remaining funds will be donated cy pres to the National Consumer Law Center (www.nclc.org) or other approved recipient.

    If, after deducting attorneys’ fees and expenses, the incentive award, and settlement administration costs, the amount needed to pay all valid claims is greater than the Settlement Fund Ceiling, then each Settlement Class Member who submits a valid Claim Form will receive a proportionately reduced payment amount, meaning each Settlement Class Member will receive the same reduced payment amount per call for up to three calls.

    When will I receive my payment?

    The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on April 4, 2018 to decide whether to grant final approval to the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement, there may be appeals. It is always uncertain whether appeals will be filed and, if so, how long it will take to resolve them. Settlement payments will be provided as soon as possible, if and when the Court grants final approval to the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved.

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