Recipients of Unsolicited Text Message Ads May Be Eligible For Up to $200 in Settlement with School

Jul 10, 2012, 09:00 ET from Edelson McGuire, LLC

CHICAGO, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  The following statement is being issued by Edelson McGuire, LLC regarding the International Academy of Design and Technology ("IADT") class action.

A settlement has recently been reached in a class action lawsuit relating to the alleged transmission of unsolicited text message advertisements to consumers nationwide by the International Academy of Design and Technology ("IADT").  IADT is a Career Education Corporation ("CEC") institution.  The lawsuit alleges that these text messages were sent to consumers' cell phones without their consent, which would violate the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA").  While CEC denies that the text messages violated any laws, the company is settling the matter to prevent prolonged and costly litigation.

According to the lawsuit, a third-party marketing firm allegedly sent out text messages regarding IADT. 

Edelson McGuire in Chicago—a firm that regularly handles consumer technology class actions— filed this action and was appointed by the Court to serve as attorneys for the class. "This settlement is an excellent result for the class members who received the text message and for cell phone users throughout the nation," commented Ryan D. Andrews, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs.

On June 26, 2012, a Federal Court in Chicago granted preliminary approval to the settlement, which establishes a fund of nearly $20 million from which payments of up to $200 may be made to each cell phone user who received the text message advertisements and who files an approved claim for payment.  

In addition to Andrews, Edelson McGuire's Jay Edelson and Myles McGuire are also representing the class.  Those who received the text message advertisements are encouraged to visit to learn more details about the settlement, including how to apply for a settlement payment. Class members may also call the Settlement Administrator at 1-800-905-7056 or Edelson McGuire, LLC at 1-866-354-3015 for more information.

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