9th Circ. OKs Class Cert. In Debt Collection TCPA Suit

Law360, New York (October 12, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Friday upheld the provisional certification of a class action accusing debt collection agency Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using an automated system to call debtors' cellphones without their consent.

The appeals court rejected PRA’s argument that the a California federal judge who initially filed a minute order indicating certification would be denied — but later issued a written order granting certification — lacked the authority to issue the latter order because lead plaintiff Jesse Meyer...
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