Bobbie James et al. v. Global Tel*Link Corporation,
Inmate Telephone Service and DSI-ITI LLC

Civil Action No. 13-4989 (WJM)(MF)

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

UPDATE: Class Members may now enter their claim information electronically but will be required to upload a physical signature.

All persons of the United States who, between 2006 and 2016, were incarcerated in a New Jersey prison or correctional institution and who used the phone system provided by Defendants, or who established an AdvancePay account with Defendants in order to receive telephone calls from a person incarcerated in New Jersey, excluding Essex County prior to June 2010, or persons receiving calls from persons incarcerated in Essex County prior to June 2011.

Important Dates

September 21, 2020 — Exclusion Deadline.

September 21, 2020 — Objection Deadline.

October 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. — Date of Fairness Hearing.

December 7, 2020 — Claim Form Deadline.

A federal court has authorized the Notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

The Notice was issued pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and an Order of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (“Court”). The purpose of the Notice is to advise you of the pendency of the class action lawsuit called James, et al. v. Global Tel*Link Corporation, et al. (“Action”) and the proposed partial settlement (the “Settlement”) reached in the Action between Plaintiffs and Defendants (“GTL”). The Court preliminarily approved the Settlement on July 15, 2020.

Pursuant to the Settlement, GTL has agreed to pay up to a total of $25 million in cash and credits (the “Settlement Relief”), subject to the claim process summarized in the Notice. GTL denies all of Plaintiffs’ claims and denies all wrongdoing, but has agreed to settle in order to avoid the cost and risk of a trial.

GTL provided Inmate Calling Services (“ICS”) for New Jersey State prisons and for correctional facilities in Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties. Inmates utilized ICS provided by GTL to place outgoing calls to friends and family. Plaintiffs alleged in the Action, among other things, that GTL’s calling rates for ICS were unconscionably high in violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, N.J.S.A. 58:8-2, et seq. Plaintiffs also alleged that GTL’s deposit fees were likewise unconscionably high in violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

The Court still has to decide whether to finally approve the Settlement. Approval of the Settlement by the Court will resolve the lawsuit against GTL.

Your legal rights will be affected whether or not you act. The Notice and this website includes important information about the lawsuit and the Settlement.

A SUMMARY OF YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THE SETTLEMENT

CLASS MEMBERS WHO ARE CURRENT GTL CUSTOMERS:
DO NOTHING

Class Members who are current GTL customers, whether AdvancePay customers or inmates who are currently using GTL’s services using their prison debit accounts will receive a credit to your account based upon the amount that you spent for calling time during the Class Period and the time period during which the calls were made.

CLASS MEMBERS WHO ARE PAST GTL CUSTOMERS:
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM POSTMARKED OR SUBMITTED ONLINE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 7, 2020

If you wish to make a claim for part of the Settlement Relief, you will need to submit a Claim Form in order to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement Relief. The portion, if any, of the Settlement Relief to be allocated to you will be paid by check and calculated based upon the amount that you spent for calling time during the Class Period and the time period during which the calls were made.

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN REQUEST FOR EXCLUSION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

If you ask to be excluded from the Class and the Court approves the Settlement, you will not receive any money from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against GTL relating to its provision of ICS. (See FAQ 13).

OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT BY SUBMITTING A WRITTEN OBJECTION SO THAT IT IS RECEIVED NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

If you do not like the Settlement, or any part of it, you may write to the Court and explain why you do not like the Settlement. You can only object to the Settlement if you are a Class Member and you do not exclude yourself. (See FAQ 17).

GO TO THE COURT’S FINAL FAIRNESS HEARING ON OCTOBER 15, 2020

If you submit a written objection, you may (but you do not have to) attend the hearing and, at the discretion of the Court, speak to the Court about your objection. (See FAQ 19, FAQ 20, and FAQ 21).

CLASS MEMBERS WHO ARE PAST GTL CUSTOMERS:
DO NOTHING

You do not have to take any action to remain part of the Class. (See FAQ 22). However, by doing nothing, you give up any rights to sue GTL about the claims in this case and you will not receive a payment from the Settlement.