Claim Up To $41.90 Zacks Investment Research TCPA Class Action Settlement

Who is a Class Member

There are three Classes included in this settlement.

Zacks Investment Research TCPA Settlement Class includes “all natural persons nationwide who, between and including May 6, 2012 and June 30, 2017, received a telephone call that was (1) made to their cellular telephone and (2) initiated by or on behalf of ZIM or ZIR using an automatic telephone dialing system.”

Response North TCPA Settlement Class includes “all natural persons nationwide who received from Response North a telephone call reflected in contact databases produced by Response North, which (1) was placed as part of the Zacks Book Campaign and/or the Options Trading Campaign and (2) was received on a cellular telephone.”

Response North Privacy Settlement Class includes “all California residents who received from Response North a telephone call reflected in contact databases produced by Response North, which (1) was made on a telephone line that was subject to recording by Response North and (2) was received by the recipient in the State of California.”

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Settlement Amount

  • $4,650,000 (Zacks Investment Research)
  • $830,000 (Response North)

Estimated Award

  • $12.57 – $41.90

Once attorneys’ fees, court costs, service awards, and settlement administration expenses are deducted from the total $5.48 million settlement, class members will receive an equal share of the net settlement fund. It is estimated that class members will receive the following:

  • Zacks Investment Research Class: $17.43
  • Response North Class: $12.57
  • Response North Privacy Class: $41.90

Proof of Purchase

  • N/A

Claim Form

  • class action lawsuits

Class members can also download PDF versions of the claim form below or on the settlement website:


Zacks Investment Research TCPA Settlement Notes

  • Kerr, et al. v. Zacks Investment Research, Inc., et al.
  • Case No.16-cv-01352 GPC BLM
  • Pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

In May 2016, plaintiff Kerr filed this class action lawsuit against Zacks Investment Research alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the California Invasion of Privacy Act. Specifically the TCPA class action lawsuit claims that Zacks Investment Research placed calls via an autodialer to consumers’ cell phones without their prior express consent.  These telemarketing calls were for the purpose of promoting a book published by Zacks and for advertising an educational seminar regarding options trading.

It is against the law for companies to call consumers using an automatic telephone dialing system (autodialer or ATDS) or to place calls using an artificial or prerecorded voice if the recipient has not given permission to receive such calls (prior express consent).

Complete details about the case and settlement are provided on the Zacks Investment Research TCPA Settlement website.

Class members who wish to opt-out or object to the Zacks Investment Research TCPA Settlement must do so by February 16, 2018.  Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit their claim form on or before February 16, 2018.


Important Dates

  • 2/16/18: Claim Form Deadline
  • 2/16/18: Opt-out or Objection Deadline
  • 4/6/18: Final Hearing at 1:30 pm PT* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).

*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.kerrvzirsettlement.comto confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.


Contact Information

  • Mail: CPT Group, 50 Corporate Park, Irvine, CA 92606
  • Phone: 1-888-202-1727
  • Email: KerrvZIRSettlement@CPTGroup.com

Class Counsel


Settlement Website

Seterus Accused of Making Thousands of Unsolicited Debt Collection Calls

A Pennsylvania woman has initiated a putative class action lawsuit against loan servicing and debt collection company Seterus made repeated unsolicited debt collection calls to alleged debtors in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

The TCPA was enacted to protect consumers from autodialed calls to their cells phones. Specifically, the law prohibits the use of automatic telephone dialing systems and artificial voice messages if the recipient does not give consent to receive such calls, including unsolicited debt collection calls.

But plaintiff Sandra Corrigan says in August 2017, she began receiving unsolicited debt collection calls from Seterus to her cell phone regarding the attempted collection from her of unpaid mortgage payments that her daughter was allegedly behind on. Upon answering the unsolicited debt collection calls, Corrigan noticed a slight pause before being connected to a live agent. This artificially long pause is indicative of the caller using an automatic telephone dialing system or ATDS to place the calls.

According to the TCPA class action lawsuit, Corrigan requested Seterus stop making these unsolicited debt collection calls to her cell phone and explained the caller was calling the wrong person. However, she says that Seterus persisted to make calls to Corrigan’s cell phone at least 25 more times.

Corrigan claims she is not the only consumer who has had to deal with these harassing unsolicited debt collection calls. She asserts that Seterus placed and continues to place repeated and harassing autodialed phone calls for the purpose of debt collection to thousands of consumers’ cell phones for which consumers never provided Seterus with prior express consent to be called. Worse yet, Corrigan says Seterus made these unsolicited debt collection calls to the cell phones of individuals who owed no debt to Seterus whatsoever and who were not delinquent of any of their loan – all in violation of the TCPA.

“Seterus made these calls despite the fact that neither Plaintiff nor the putative members of the Class ever provided Seterus with their prior express written consent to be called,” the lawsuit states.

Instead, the TCPA class action lawsuit contends that Seterus uses skip tracing, a system which reveals that the call recipient has some connection to the actual debtors. These connections could include being a relative or roommate, but also include cell phone numbers once used by the actual debtor, but that no longer belong to that person. Additionally, Seterus’ calls utilized interactive voice recognition technology, known as a predictive dialer, in which a machine places calls, and when a consumer answers the phone, there is a noticeable pause prior to being connected to a live representative of Seterus.

Corrigan is seeking to represent a nationwide class of consumers who received a telephone call on their cell phone from Seterus from 2013 to the present and for which Seterus had no record of prior express written consent. The TCPA class action lawsuit is requesting actual and statutory damages as well as an injunction requiring Seterus to stop all “unsolicited calling activities”.

Corrigan and the proposed class are represented by David S. Senoff of Anapol Weiss, Benjamin H. Richman of Edelson PC, and Stefan Coleman of The Law Offices of Stefan Coleman PA.

The Seterus Unsolicited Debt Collection Calls Class Action Lawsuit is Sandra Corrigan, et al. v. Seterus, Inc., Case No. 3:17-cv-02348-RDM, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.