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Important Update: On June 29, 2018, the District Court for the Western District of Arkansas issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order decertifying the class and dismissing the plaintiffs' individual claims. A copy of the Court's Memorandum Opinion and Order can be downloaded from the Key Documents page.
What This Lawsuit Was About
A class action lawsuit in the United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas titled In re Global Tel*Link Corporation Litigation, Case No. 5:14-cv-5275 (the "Lawsuit") alleged that Global Tel*Link Corporation ("GTL") obtained exclusive contracts to provide inmate calling services ("ICS") to inmates at correctional facilities throughout the United States in exchange for the payment of "kickbacks" or "site commissions" to the facilities. Plaintiffs claimed that GTL charged unjust and unreasonable: (1) rates for interstate calls, and (2) fees when someone used a credit card to fund a prepaid calling account. Plaintiffs alleged that GTL violated the Federal Communications Act of 1934 as well as state law preventing "unjust enrichment." Plaintiffs sought to recover these allegedly unjust charges for themselves and all class members. GTL denied that it obtained exclusive contracts in exchange for the payment of site commissions or "kickbacks", and denies that its practices, rates, and fees are unjust or unreasonable.
By Order dated February 3, 2017, the Court ruled that the Lawsuit may proceed as a class action on behalf of a nationwide class and state subclasses (together referred to as the "Class") and has authorized the issuance of this Notice.
Who Was Included in the Class?
You were in the Class if you are included in one of the following categories:
- All persons in the United States* who, at any time from April 24, 2012 to the present: (1) paid to use inmate calling services provided by GTL (including its operating subsidiaries) to make or receive one or more interstate phone calls from a correctional facility during a period of time when GTL paid the facility a commission of any type in connection with the interstate calls; and/or (2) paid deposit fees to GTL in order to fund a prepaid account used to pay for any interstate calls**.
- All persons who, while in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, or Wisconsin, at any time from April 24, 2011 to the present, paid to use inmate calling services provided by GTL (including its operating subsidiaries) to make or receive one or more interstate phone calls from a correctional facility during a period of time when GTL paid the facility a commission of any type in connection with the interstate calls.
* Excluded from the proposed Class were any persons who paid to use GTL's inmate calling services in order to make or receive telephone calls from a correctional facility in New Jersey.
** "Deposit fees" are fees GTL charged to AdvancePay account holders for depositing money into AdvancePay accounts for purposes of paying to use GTL's interstate ICS.