On September 28, the United States District Court for the Central District of California preliminarily approved a $10.5 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action settlement against Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation (“DBCC”).  According to the class action complaint that was originally filed in April 2015, DBCC, a seller of credit-building and credibility solutions for businesses, repeatedly contacted the named Plaintiff on his cell phone even after Plaintiff requested that he be placed on the do-not-call list.

The settlement class consists of “all persons within the United States who, between April 28, 2011 and January 31, 2016, received a nonemergency call from or on behalf of Dun & Bradstreet Emerging Businesses Corp., or its predecessor entities, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Credibility Corp. and Brad Acquisition Corp. to a cellular telephone through the use of an automatic telephone dialing system [“ATDS”].”  The class consists of approximately 1.1 million individuals.

In addition to the $10.5 million monetary fund, DBCC has also agreed to initiate certain practice changes designed to prevent violations of the TCPA’s provision on dialing cell phones using an ATDS.  A final fairness hearing is scheduled for March 20, 2017.