Krakauer v. Dish Network

United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

1:14-CV-333 

Notice for Cy Pres Award Process 

Introduction

Krakauer v Dish Network, LLC is a consumer class action alleging repeat solicitations to thousands of residential customers on the Do Not Call list in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  The class consists of people whose telephone numbers received calls in violation of the TCPA, and it includes people from every state in the United States.

A jury found the defendant liable and awarded damages which the Court trebled based on the Court’s finding that the violations were willful.  Because not all of the judgment funds will be claimed by the class member, there will be approximately $11 million in unclaimed funds which may be available for distribution as cy pres awards.  Pursuant to the Court’s orders of October 27, 2020 and November 6, 2020, the Court has appointed a special master to make recommendations as to the potential recipients of these funds.  Copies of these orders are HERE and HERE.  See also  Krakauer v. Dish Network, LLC (4th Cir. 2019) which can be found at https://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/181518.P.pdf

Criteria for Awards 

  1. Applicants must be a tax exempt organization under §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a state governmental entity as identified by 47 USC §227e(6), or a non-§501(c)(3) state university or college.a. a. a. If the applicant is a state entity, it must be able to provide assurance that funds will be used fortheir intended purpose, and will not revert to the state’s general fund.
  2. Funds from the award must target the interests of the class members, including by work on behalf of consumers injured by willful violators of the TCPA, like Dish Network, by, for example, providing direct services, support, research, or advocacy to benefit such consumers individually or in the aggregate.
  3. Funds from the award must be used to further the purposes of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  4. An applicant must be able to demonstrate its capacity to implement to proposed project. A history of efforts to further the purposes of the TCPA is desirable.
  5. Each awardee will be required to certify to the Court, at the end of the award period, that the funds it received were used solely for the project described and the purposes stated in its application.

Application and Award Process 

  1. The electronic application form is available HERE.
  2. All applications and their attachments must be submitted electronically. No applications or attachments will be accepted in paper. 
  3. Applications must be submitted no later than noon on January 29, 2021. Applications and their required attachments should be emailed to both:
    1. krakauerlitigation@kccllc.com and
    2. krakauerdish.specialmaster@gmail.com

Please do not include any attachments other than the ones that are required.

  1. The special master will make recommendations to the Court no later than March 22, 2021.  The report of the special master will be filed with the court and will be public information. The Court will make all final decisions as to the distribution of any cy pres awards.
  2. It is anticipated that no cy pres awards in this matter will be distributed earlier than July 1, 2021.
  3. Questions and inquiries about the award criteria and application process may be submitted to krakauerdish.specialmaster@gmail.com