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Important Update: On June 29, 2018, the District Court for the Western District of Arkansas issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order decertifying the class and dismissing the plaintiffs' individual claims. A copy of the Court's Memorandum Opinion and Order can be downloaded from the Important Documents page.
What This Lawsuit Was About
A class action lawsuit in the United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas titled Mojica, et al. v. Securus Technologies, Inc., Case No. 5:14-cv-5258 (the “Lawsuit”) alleged that Securus Technologies, Inc. (“Securus”) obtained exclusive contracts to provide inmate calling services (“ICS”) to inmates at correctional facilities throughout the United States in exchange for the payment of “kickbacks” or “site commissions” to the facilities. Plaintiffs alleged that Securus charged unjust and unreasonable: (1) rates for interstate calls, and (2) fees when someone used a credit card to fund a prepaid calling account. Plaintiffs allege that Securus violated the Federal Communications Act of 1934 as well as state law preventing “unjust enrichment.” Plaintiffs seek to recover these unjust charges for themselves and all class members. Securus denies that it obtained exclusive contracts in exchange for the payment of site commissions or “kickbacks”, and denies that its practices, rates, and fees are unjust or unreasonable.
By Order dated February 3, 2017, the Court ruled that the Lawsuit could proceed as a class action on behalf of a nationwide class and two subclasses (together referred to as the “Class”) and authorized the issuance of a Notice notifying Class members about the lawsuit and how it affects them.
Who Was Included in the Class?
You were in the Settlement Class if you were included in one of the following categories:
- All persons in the United States who, at any time from August 14, 2012 to the present (or, for interstate calls from a Corrections Corporation of America (“CCA”) facility, from February 16, 2000 to the present): (1) paid to use ICS provided by Securus (including its predecessors) to make or receive one or more interstate phone calls from a correctional facility during a period of time when Securus paid the facility a commission of any type in connection with the interstate calls; and/or (2) paid deposit fees to Securus Technologies, Inc. in order to fund a prepaid account used to pay for any interstate calls.
- All persons who, while in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington or West Virginia, at any time from August 14, 2011 to the present (or, for interstate claims from a CCA facility, February 16, 2000 to the present), paid to use ICS provided by Securus (including its predecessors) to make or receive one or more interstate phone calls from a correctional facility during a period of time when Securus paid the facility a commission of any type in connection with the interstate calls.