Hunter Warfield has agreed to a $235,000 settlement to resolve claims he placed excessive debt collection calls to Massachusetts residents.
The settlement benefits Massachusetts residents who received two debt collection phone calls within seven days between May 16, 2015 and June 6, 2019.
war field hunter is a debt collection company that provides services for several industries. According to the company’s website, Hunter Warfield claims over $574 million in successful collections over its three decades of debt collection services.
However, while collecting debts from Massachusetts clients, Hunter Warfield may have violated state debt collection laws with harassing calls.
A class action lawsuit in 2019 alleges the debt collection company called clients for an “excessive and harassing rate” in violation of Massachusetts debt collection regulations.
Under these regulations, debt collectors cannot call Massachusetts more than once in a seven-day period, regardless of the outcome of a call. As long as a lender is able to reach the consumer and leave a voicemail, it counts as one call.
The plaintiff says he received more than two calls from Hunter Warfield over a seven-day period. For example, in January 2019 and April 2019, Hunter Warfield allegedly called the Complainant three times in seven days. In addition, the complainant says he received repeated voicemail messages from the company.
According to the debt collection class action, these harassing calls were distracting, an inconvenience and caused the plaintiff to experience anger, anxiety, emotional distress, fear and frustration. Moreover, the calls would have wasted the complainant’s time and energy.
Hunter Warfield has not admitted any wrongdoing, but has agreed to resolve those allegations with a $235,000 class action settlement.
Under the terms of the Hunter Warfield rules, band members can collect a cash payment. The exact amounts of the payments will vary depending on the number of class members participating in the settlement, although each class member will receive an equal share of the net settlement fund.
If funds remain after the first set of settlement checks, a second set of payments may be distributed to class members who have cashed their first check. If the funds do not justify further distribution, the remaining funds will be given to a recipient of cy pres. No settlement funds will accrue to Hunter Warfield.
The objection deadline is August 8, 2022. No opt-out period is mentioned on the settlement website.
The final approval hearing for the Hunter Warfield settlement is scheduled for October 25, 2022.
In order to recover a cash payment from the settlement, Class Members must submit a valid Claim Form by August 8, 2022.