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The Court has decided that this lawsuit can be a class action because it meets the procedural requirements which govern class actions.
The Court has not found in favor of Plaintiff or Keller Williams. Instead, the Parties 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, Class Members will receive the benefits described on this website. Keller Williams denies all legal claims in this case but is settling to avoid the uncertainties and costs attendant with litigation. Plaintiff and her lawyers think the proposed Settlement is best for everyone who is affected.
The Settlement includes the following Class: “All Persons in the United States who, during the Class Period, (1) were called or received two or more calls and/or text messages made by or on behalf of Keller Williams or any Keller Williams-affiliated franchisees, market centers, realtors, agents or vendors on a telephone phone number that (a) appeared on the National Do Not Call Registry for at least 31 days and/or (b) that appeared on any internal do not call list of Keller Williams or any Keller Williams-affiliated franchisees, market centers, realtors, agents or vendors; and/or (2) were called or received one or more calls and/or text messages made by or on behalf of Keller Williams or any Keller Williams-affiliated franchisees, market centers, realtors, agents or vendors using (a) an artificial or prerecorded voice and/or (b) a cloud based dialing platform; and/or (3) were called or received one or more calls made using an automatic telephone dialing system made by or on behalf of Keller Williams or any Keller Williams-affiliated franchisees, market centers, realtors, agents or vendors.”
Keller Williams has agreed to a Settlement Sum of $40,000,000. The Settlement Sum will be used to pay all Settlement costs, including Settlement Administration Expenses, any attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses awarded to Class Counsel by the Court, and all Approved Claims. Members of the Class who submit Approved Claims shall receive an amount not to exceed Twenty Dollars ($20) per Approved Claim. In the event that the total amount of Claim Settlement Payments for Approved Claims exceeds the threshold at which there would be insufficient funds in the Settlement Sum to pay all Approved Claims, any Fee Award, and Settlement Administration Expenses, the amount on a per claim basis will be reduced. Only Approved Claims will be paid. Only one claim per Class Member per telephone number may be validated and deemed an Approved Claim. There may be tax consequences to the Class Member associated with this recovery.
Keller Williams has also agreed to (1) create a TCPA task force to enhance compliance; (2) make the existing TCPA/DNC resource page on KW Connect more visible to KWRI’s franchisees and their independent contractor real estate agents; and (3) provide additional materials to KWRI’s franchisees about TCPA/DNC compliance that they can use with their independent contractor real estate agents.
If you qualify for a cash payment you must complete and submit a valid Claim Form. You can file your Claim Form through this website or send it by U.S. Mail to:
Payments to Class Members will be made only after the Court grants Final Approval to the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved (see “Final Approval Hearing” below). If there are appeals, resolving them can take time. Please be patient.
If you do not want benefits from the Settlement, and you want to keep the right to sue Keller Williams 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 Class.
To exclude yourself individually from the Settlement, you must send a timely letter by mail to:
Unless you opt-out of the Settlement, you cannot sue or be part of any other lawsuit against Keller Williams or any of the Released Parties 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 in the documents section of this website. The Settlement Agreement provides more detail regarding the Release and describes the Released Claims with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully.
No. You will not get a payment from the Settlement Sum if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.
The Court has appointed Avi Kaufman and Stefan Coleman to represent the Class. They are called “Class Counsel.” They are experienced in handling similar class action cases. More information about these lawyers, their law firms, and their experience is available at www.kaufmanpa.com and www.lawofficesofstefancoleman.com.
You do not have to pay Class Counsel, or anyone else, to participate. Instead, Class Counsel intend to request attorneys’ fees in an amount not to exceed one-quarter of the Settlement Sum, plus reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the litigation. The fees and expenses awarded by the Court will be paid out of the Settlement Sum. The Court will decide the amount of fees and expenses to award.
If you are a member of the Class (and do not exclude yourself from the Class), you can object to any part of the Settlement by sending a timely letter by mail to:
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 Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the Settlement and any requests for attorneys’ fees and expenses (“Final Approval Hearing”).
The Court has scheduled a Final Approval Hearing on March 31, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. ET, via Zoom before Circuit Court Judge Janet Carney Croom, using the following Zoom information:
Phone: (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 745 046 1040
The hearing may be moved to a different date or time, or may be set for remote appearances, without additional mailed notice, so it is a good idea to check this website 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. 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.
No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. You are welcome to attend the hearing at your own expense.
If you attend the Final Approval Hearing, you may ask the Court for permission to speak if you have timely objected and you so choose. However, you cannot speak at the hearing if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.
If you are a member of the Class 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.