Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a Notice?
A Court authorized the Notice because you have a right to know about a proposed Settlement of a class action lawsuit known as Cortazar v. CA Management Services Parent, LLC., Case No. 19-cv-22075-UU and about all of your options before the Court decides whether to give Final Approval to the Settlement. The Notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, and your legal rights.
Judge Ungaro of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida is overseeing this case. The person who sued, Brittany Cortazar, is called the “Plaintiff.” CA Management is called the “Defendant.”
What is this litigation about?
The lawsuit alleges that CA Management sent text messages to Plaintiff’s wireless telephone number without prior express written consent in violation of the TCPA and seeks actual and statutory damages under the TCPA on behalf of the named Plaintiff and a class of all individuals in the United States.
CA Management denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing, liability, and damages that were or could have been asserted in the litigation and that the claims in the litigation would be appropriate for class treatment if the litigation were to proceed through trial.
The Plaintiff’s Complaint, Settlement Agreement, and other case-related documents are posted on the Important Documents page of this website. The Settlement resolves the lawsuit. The Court has not decided who is right.
What is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act?
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (commonly referred to as the “TCPA”) is a federal law that restricts telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment.
Why is this a class action?
In a class action, one person called the “Class Representative” (in this case, Plaintiff Brittany Cortazar) sues on behalf of herself and other people with similar claims.
All of the people who have claims similar to the Plaintiff’s are Settlement Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the class.
Why is there a Settlement?
The Court has not found in favor of either Plaintiff or CA Management. Instead, both sides have agreed to a Settlement. By agreeing to the Settlement, the parties avoid the costs and uncertainty of a trial, and if the Settlement is approved by the Court, Settlement Class Claimants will receive the benefits described in this Notice. CA Management denies all legal claims in this case. Plaintiff and her lawyers think the proposed Settlement is best for everyone who is affected.
Who is Part of the Settlement
Who is included in the Settlement?
The Settlement includes all persons who received a text message on their cell phone from CA Management. Specifically, the Settlement Class is defined as:
all individuals residing in the United States (i) who were sent a text message promoting apartment rentals (ii) on his or her cellular telephone (iii) without giving prior express consent (iv) by or on behalf of CA Management Services Parent, LLC, Campus Acquisitions Management, LLC, CA Student Living Development Management, LLC, or any of the buildings managed by those entities, (v) from May 22, 2015 through the present.
Persons meeting this definition are referred to collectively as the “Settlement Class” and, individually, as “Settlement Class Members.”
Excluded from the Settlement Class are: (1) the district judge and magistrate judge presiding over this case, the judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, their spouses, and persons within the third degree of relationship to either of them; (2) individuals who are or were during the Class Period agents, directors, employees, officers, or servants of CA Management or of any affiliate or parent of CA Management; (3) Plaintiff’s counsel and their employees, and (4) all persons who file a timely and proper request to be excluded from the Settlement Class.
What if I am not sure whether I am included in the Settlement?
If you are not sure whether you are in the Settlement Class or have any other questions about the Settlement, you may call the toll-free number, 1-833-733-8099. You also may send questions to the Settlement Administrator by email to: Info@CAMS-TCPAsettlement.com or by mail to: CA Management Services Parent, LLC, Settlement Administrator, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
The Settlement Benefits
What does the Settlement provide?
To fully settle and release claims of the Settlement Class Members, CA Management has agreed to make payments to the Settlement Class Members and pay for notice and administration costs of the Settlement, attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred by counsel for the Settlement Class, and a service award for Plaintiff (the “Settlement Fund”). Defendant will make available up to $1,500,000 (the “Settlement Fund”). Each Settlement Class Member who submits a timely, valid, correct and verified Claim Form by the Claim Deadline in the manner required by this Agreement, making all the required affirmations and representations, shall be sent a Claim Settlement Check by the Administrator the lesser of (i) $18 or (ii) a pro rata share of the Settlement Fund minus Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses, Incentive Fees, and Notice and Administrative Costs. Settlement Class Claimants will be sent their Claim Settlement Payments to the address they submitted on their Claim Form within 60 days following the Effective Date.
How do I file a Claim?
If you qualify for a payment, you must complete and submit a valid Claim Form by clicking here. You may download a Claim Form clicking here or request a Claim Form by calling the Settlement Administrator at the toll-free number 1-833-733-8099. To be valid, a Claim Form must be completed fully and accurately, signed under penalty of perjury, and submitted timely.
Claim Forms must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on March 30, 2020 Eastern Standard Time or mailed with a postmark no later than March 30, 2020.
Please read the Claim Form available by clicking here carefully and provide all the information required. Only one Claim Form may be submitted per Settlement Class Member.
When will I receive my payment?
Payments to Settlement Class Members will be made only after the Court grants Final Approval to the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. If there are appeals, resolving them can take time. Please be patient.
Excluding Yourself from the SettlementIf you do not want benefits from the Settlement, and you want to keep the right to sue or continue to sue CA Management on your own about the legal issues in this case, then you must take steps to get out of the Settlement. This is called excluding yourself—or it is sometimes referred to as “opting out” of the Settlement Class.
How do I get out of the Settlement?
To exclude yourself from the Settlement, you must send a timely letter by mail to:
CA Management Services Parent, LLC
Attn: Exclusion Request
P.O. Box 58220
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Your request to be excluded from the Settlement must be personally signed by you under penalty of perjury and contain a statement that indicates your desire to be “excluded from the Settlement Class” and that, absent of excluding yourself or “opting out,” you are “otherwise a member of the Settlement Class.”
Your exclusion request must be postmarked no later than February 12, 2020. You cannot ask to be excluded on the phone, by email, or through this website.
You may opt out of the Settlement Class only for yourself.
If I do not exclude myself, can I sue CA Management for the same thing later?
No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up the right to sue CA Management for the claims that the Settlement resolves. You must exclude yourself from this Settlement Class in order to pursue your own lawsuit.
What am I giving up to stay in the Settlement Class?
Unless you opt out of the Settlement, you cannot sue or be part of any other lawsuit against CA Management about the issues in this case, including any existing litigation, arbitration, or proceeding. Unless you exclude yourself, all of the decisions and judgments by the Court will bind you.
The Settlement Agreement is available by clicking here. The Settlement Agreement provides more detail regarding the Releases and describes the Released Claims with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully. You can talk to the law firms representing the Settlement Class listed in Question 15 for free, or you can, at your own expense, talk to your own lawyer if you have any questions about the Released Claims or what they mean.
If I exclude myself, can I still get a payment?
No. You will not get a payment from the Settlement Fund if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.
The Lawyers Representing You
Do I have a lawyer in the case?
The Court has appointed the following lawyers as “Class Counsel” to represent all members of the Settlement Class.
Scott Edelsberg, Esq.
Edelsberg Law, PA
20900 NE 30th Ave, Suite 417
Aventura, FL 33180
Andrew Shamis, Esq.
Shamis & Gentile, P.A.
14 NE 1st Ave, Suite 1205
Miami, FL 33132
Seth Lehrman, Esq.
Edwards Pottinger, LLC
425 North Andrews Avenue, Suite 2
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by another lawyer, you may hire one to appear in Court for you at your own expense.
How will the lawyers be paid?
Class Counsel intend to request up to 25% of the value of the Settlement for attorneys’ fees. The fees awarded by the Court will be paid out of the Settlement Fund. The Court will decide the amount of fees and expenses to award.
Class Counsel will also request that a Service Award of $2,500.00 be paid from the Settlement Fund to the Class Representative for her service as representative on behalf of the whole Settlement Class.
Objecting to the Settlement
How do I tell the Court if I do not like the Settlement?
If you are a Settlement Class Member (and do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class), you can object to any part of the Settlement. To object, you must timely submit a letter that includes the following:
- A heading that includes the case name and case number—Cortazar v. CA Management Services Parent, LLC, Case No. 19-cv-22075-UU;
- Your name, address, telephone number, the cell phone number at which you received text messages from CA Management and if represented by counsel, the name, bar number, address, and telephone number of your counsel;
- A signed statement stating, under penalty of perjury, that you received one or more text message from CA Management and are a member of the Settlement Class;
- A statement of all your objections to the Settlement including your legal and factual basis for each objection;
- The number of times in which your counsel and/or counsel’s law firm have objected to a class action settlement within the five years preceding the date that you file the objection, the caption of each case in which counsel or the firm has made such objection, and a copy of any orders related to or ruling upon counsel’s or the firm’s prior objections that were issued by the trial and appellate courts in each listed case;
- The identity of all counsel who represent the objector, including any former or current counsel who may be entitled to compensation for any reason related to the objection to the Settlement or Fee Application;
- A copy of any orders related to or ruling upon counsel’s or the counsel’s law firm’s prior objections made by individuals or organizations represented by that were issued by the trial and appellate courts in each listed case in which the objector’s counsel and/or counsel’s law firm have objected to a class action settlement within the preceding 5 years;
- Any and all agreements that relate to the objection or the process of objecting—whether written or oral—between objector or objector’s counsel and any other person or entity;
- The identity of all counsel (if any) representing the objector who will appear at the Final Approval Hearing;
- A statement confirming whether you intend to personally appear and/or testify at the Final Approval Hearing;
- A list of all persons who will be called to testify at the Final Approval Hearing in support of the objection; and
- Your signature (an attorney’s signature is not sufficient).
If you wish to object, you must file your objection with the Court (using the Court’s electronic filing system or in any manner in which the Court accepts filings) and mail your objection to each of the following three (3) addresses, and your objection must be postmarked by February 12, 2020.
Clerk of the Court Class Counsel Defendant's Counsel United States District Court for
the Southern District of Florida
400 N. Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33128
Scott Edelsberg, Esq.
Edelsberg Law, PA
20900 NE 30th Ave., Suite 417
Aventura, FL 33180
Damon W. Suden, Esq.,
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
101 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10178
What is the difference between objecting and asking to be excluded?
Objecting is telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object to the Settlement only if you do not exclude yourself. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object to the Settlement because it no longer affects you.
The Final Approval HearingThe Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement and any requests for fees and expenses (“Final Approval Hearing”).
When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the Settlement?
The Court has scheduled a Final Approval Hearing on March 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33128. The hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so it is a good idea to check this website periodically for updates. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. The Court will also consider the requests by Class Counsel for attorneys’ fees and expenses and for a Service Award to the Class Representative. If there are objections, the Court will consider them at that time. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement. It is unknown how long these decisions will take.
Do I have to attend the hearing?
No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. But you are welcome to attend the hearing at your own expense. If you send an objection, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as you submitted your written objection on time to the proper addresses and it complies with all the other requirements set forth above, the Court will consider it. You may also pay your own lawyer to attend the hearing, but it is not necessary.
May I speak at the hearing?
You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Final Approval Hearing. To do so, your timely filed objection must include a statement of whether you intend to appear at the Final Approval Hearing (see Question 17).
You cannot speak at the hearing if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.
If You Do Nothing
What happens if I do nothing at all?
If you are a Settlement Class member and do nothing, meaning you do not file a timely Claim, you will not get benefits from the Settlement. Further, unless you exclude yourself, you will be bound by the judgment entered by the Court.
Getting More Information
How do I get more information?
The Notice summarizes the proposed Settlement. You are urged to review more details in the Settlement Agreement. For a complete, definitive statement of the Settlement terms, refer to the Settlement Agreement. You also may write with questions to the Settlement Administrator by email to: Info@CAMS-TCPAsettlement.com or by mail to: CA Management Services Parent, LLC, Settlement Administrator, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA 19103.