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Global Tel*Link AdvancePay Funds Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

Global Tel*Link (GTL) is paying $67 million to settle a class action alleging that it improperly took funds from prepayments in AdvancePay accounts that had been inactive for 180 days or less. At the time, GTL had a policy allowing it to do this, but the complaint alleged that it violated GTL’s contracts with its AdvancePay customers and unfairly enriched GTL.

Docket Number:

1:15-cv-00986-AT

Company: Global Tel Link Corporation

Filing Deadline: June 14, 2022

Class Period: April 3, 2011 to October 6, 2021

Objection Deadline: April 15, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: April 15, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: August 26, 2022

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide the telephone number or numbers you used to receive calls through your GTL AdvancePay account between 2011 and 2021. Only accounts that were set up and initially funded using the automated IVR telephone system are included.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are a person in the US who (1) established and paid into a prepaid account through GTL’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system and (2) had a positive account balance that was reduced to $0 because the account had been inactive for 180 days or less, between April 3, 2011 and October 6, 2021.

Typical Settlement Amount:

(1) Active AdvancePay Customers: GTL will automatically credit 100% of the amount it took from your account under the Inactivity Policy. You do not need to submit a claim form.
(2) Former AdvancePay Customers: You must file a valid claim form to receive 100% of the money GTL took from your account under the Inactivity Policy. If the amount in the net settlement fund is insufficient to cover these refunds, amounts will be reduced pro rata.
(3) Former AdvancePay customers who reactivate their accounts during the two years after the settlement is approved: GTL will credit your account 100% of the amount it took from your account under the Inactivity Policy. If the amount in the net settlement fund is insufficient to cover these refunds within this two-year period, GTL will stop providing refunds.

Total Settlement Amount: Up to $67,000,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $25,000 each

Law Firms:
Caplan Cobb LLP
Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho
Radford & Keebaugh, LLC

Claim Form: Global Tel*Link AdvancePay Funds Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Benson Githieya, et al. v. Global Tel Link Corp.

Settlement Website: Global Tel*Link AdvancePay Funds Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Rust Consulting, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

GTL Prepaid Settlement
C/O Rust Consulting Inc – 7513
PO Box 2627
Faribault, MN 55021-9638
833-630-1412

Tags: Breach of Contract, Telecommunications, Unjust Enrichment