About this Case

Plaintiffs alleged that Sallie Mae and its affiliated collection agencies placed millions of calls to cellular telephones through the use of automated telephone dialing systems and/or artificial or prerecorded voice (“automated calls”), violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). In 1991, Congress enacted the TCPA in response to a growing number of consumer complaints regarding certain telemarketing practices. The TCPA regulates, among other things, the use of automated telephone equipment. In relation to this case, it prohibits the use of autodialers to make any call to a wireless number in absence of an emergency or prior express consent.

Case Status

An amended settlement agreement was executed by the parties in October 2011. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington granted preliminary approval of the settlement in April 2012. On September 17, 2012 a federal judge granted final approval to the Sallie Mae TCPA class action lawsuit settlement. Under the terms of the settlement, Sallie Mae agreed to pay settlement Class Members between $20 and $40 or reduce their principal balance if they received one of these automated calls between October 27, 2005 and September 14, 2010 and submitted a timely Claim Form by August 31, 2012. The court granted final approval of the amended class settlement on September 17th, 2012. The deadline to file a claim was August 31, 2012.

Case Contact Information

Class Counsel

  • Terrell Marshall Law Group, PLLC

    Beth Terrell

  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

    Jonathan Selbin, Alison Stocking and Daniel Hutchinson

  • Meyer Wilson Co., LPA

    David Meyer and Matthew Wilson

  • Hyde and Swigart, LLP

    Joshua Swigart, Robert Hyde and David Leimbach

  • Law Offices of Douglas J. Champion

    Douglas Champion

  • Kazerounian Law Group APC

    Abbas Kazerounian