Degreesearch Text Messages to Cell Phones TCPA Class Action

Schooladvisor, LLC, which does business as Degreesearch.org, runs a website that lets aspiring students to enter the type of degree or subject matter they are interested in and purportedly helps them obtain information on education grants that may be available. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the company uses telemarketing to attract consumers, in ways that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

The TCPA was meant to stem the tide of telemarketing brought about by the increasing availability of telecommunications equipment that allowed advertisers to reach tens of thousands of consumers per day.

Under the TCPA, it is unlawful for telemarketers to place non-emergency calls to consumer cell phones, using automatic dialing systems or artificial or prerecorded voices, unless they have the consumers’ prior express written consent to receive such calls.

In spite of this, the plaintiff in this case, Eduardo Munoz, received the first in a series of text messages from Degreesearch.org on his cell phone on February 2, 2020.

The February 2 text message began, “$6,195 in school grant $$ could be available if you qualify! View schools…” There followed a link.

Approximately a week later, on February 10, 2020, Munoz received another text message from the company, which began, “Eduardo, did you get a chance to explore your class options? View matches here…” Again, a link followed.

Just a few days later, on February 13, Munoz got another message. This one began, “Get matched to a school in seconds! $1,295 per year to those who qualify.” Then came a link.

The following day, another message came in, with a message substantially similar to the previous day’s.

The complaint alleges that the messages “were impersonal and sent from a short-code, indicative of the use of” an automatic dialing system.

According to the complaint, Munoz had no relationship with Degreesearch.org, never gave the company his telephone number, and never requested that the company send him messages or offer him services.

The No Consent Class for this action is all persons in the US

  • Who received on their cell phones
  • At least one text message from Degreesearch.org or someone acting on its behalf
  • Sent for the purpose of advertising Degreesearch.org’s products and services,
  • Between March 26, 2016 and the date the class notice in this case is disseminated,
  • Which was sent using the same dialing system used to send text messages to the plaintiff in this case,
  • For whom Degreesearch.org claims it obtained prior express written consent in the same manner as it claims it supposedly obtained it from the plaintiff in this case.
Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

Degreesearch Text Messages to Cell Phones TCPA Complaint

March 26, 2020

Schooladvisor, LLC, which does business as Degreesearch.org, runs a website that lets aspiring students to enter the type of degree or subject matter they are interested in and purportedly helps them obtain information on education grants that may be available. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the company uses telemarketing to attract consumers, in ways that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Degreesearch Text Messages to Cell Phones TCPA Complaint

Case Event History

Degreesearch Text Messages to Cell Phones TCPA Complaint

March 26, 2020

Schooladvisor, LLC, which does business as Degreesearch.org, runs a website that lets aspiring students to enter the type of degree or subject matter they are interested in and purportedly helps them obtain information on education grants that may be available. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the company uses telemarketing to attract consumers, in ways that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Degreesearch Text Messages to Cell Phones TCPA Complaint
Tags: TCPA, Unsolicited Text Messages, Use of Automatic-Capable Dialer