JPML Merges Robocalls Claims Against Encore

Law360, New York (October 12, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday consolidated in California four proposed class actions accusing debt collection company Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries of illegally making automated calls to debtors' cellphones without their consent.

The JPML transferred two of the actions pending in the Northern District of Illinois to join sister lawsuits in the Southern District of California, where U.S. District Judge Michael Anello will oversee the newly created MDL over so-called robocalls.

Defendants in each of the four proposed class actions...
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