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9th Circ. Rips 'Worthless' Deal In ARS Debt Collection Row

Law360, San Francisco (January 25, 2017, 11:20 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday partially reversed and remanded a settlement against debt collector ARS National Services over anonymous messages left on class members' voicemail, criticizing a magistrate judge for approving a settlement that forfeited 4 million members' rights to pursue future class claims in exchange for “worthless injunctive relief.”

A three-judge panel found in a precedential opinion written by U.S. Circuit Judge Paul J. Watford that Magistrate Judge Karen S.Crawford abused her discretion in approving the deal. The deal gave ARS and class counsel what...
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Case Information

Case Title

Michael Koby, et al v. Bernadette Helmuth

Case Number



Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3890 Other Statutory Actions

Date Filed

November 20, 2013

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