Navy Federal Credit Union Class Action
On October 20, 2020, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted final approval to a nationwide class action settlement negotiated by Goldenberg Schneider and its co-counsel in Hawkins v. Navy Federal Credit Union, E.D. Va. 1:19-cv-01186. This case arose from nonconsensual, autodialed wrong-number text messages Defendant Navy Federal Credit Union (“NFCU”) allegedly sent to the cellphone numbers of thousands of noncustomers, which plaintiff alleged violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227(b). The settlement creates a $9,250,000 common fund for the benefit of a settlement class comprised of all nonmembers of NFCU who received nonfraud related text messages from NFCU on their cellular telephones since September 15, 2015. Under the settlement, no money will revert to NFCU.
The settlement successfully resolved claims for approximately 66,000 class members. Settlement payments (estimated to be over $500 for each valid claim) are to be issued in January 2021.