Welcome to the Information Website for the School Calls TCPA Settlement.

UPDATE: The Court filed an Order Granting Final Approval to the Settlement Fund on January 9, 2017. Settlement payments for all eligible claims began disbursing in March, 2017.

Your rights may be affected, and you may be entitled to a payment of up to $60 out of a Settlement Fund if you are an individual or entity who received non-emergency calls or text messages using Blackboard Equipment between December 22, 2010 and September 1, 2016 to which you had not consented or for which you had previously withdrawn consent.

Please review the Notice for further details about this matter.

The purpose of this website is to inform you of a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois known as Valladares v. Blackboard Connect Inc. and Blackboard Inc., No. 2016-CH-06482 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Cook Cnty.). This website explains the lawsuit, the settlement, and your legal rights and options.

The lawsuit alleges that Blackboard Connect Inc. and Blackboard Inc. (collectively “Blackboard”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, by sending automated telephone calls and text messages—related to schools and others—to persons who did not consent to receive such calls and messages.

The proposed settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Blackboard. Blackboard strenuously denies that it violated the TCPA or any similar laws, and the Court has not decided who is right or wrong. Rather, the parties are resolving the dispute by settlement.

Important Dates

  • December 22, 2010 – September 1, 2016
    Class Period
  • November 21, 2016
    Deadline to Object to the Settlement
  • November 21, 2016
    Deadline to Exclude Yourself from the Settlement
  • November 21, 2016
    Deadline to Submit Claim Form
  • January 4, 2017
    Final Approval Hearing