Split 11th Circ. Won't Rehear Class Incentive Awards Ban

By Irene Spezzamonte (August 4, 2022, 6:42 PM EDT) — A divided Eleventh Circuit declined to rehear a panel decision finding that a robocall class action settled with over a $1.4 million deal couldn’t include routine incentive awards, with a dissenting minority calling the ruling a threat to class actions.

In a published order Wednesday, the full appellate court denied reconsidering a split panel’s 2020 ruling, which directed the lower court to revisit its approval of the contested class-action settlement in a dispute accusing medical debt collector NPAS Solutions LLC of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

While the majority did not explain its reasoning, four circuit judges said in a…

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