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Attorneys have reached a settlement agreement worth $8.3 million in a class action lawsuit over unsolicited text messages tied to sweepstakes entries.

The potential class representative, Matthew Gottlieb, filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement with CITGO on Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. If U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg in West Palm Beach approves, the deal would end a lawsuit over alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Gottlieb will share $8 million with 93,000 cell phone users.

After legal fees — which could be up to a third of the $8 million — the plaintiffs could pocket about $56 per text. The Texas-based petroleum company has agreed to pay another $300,000 for settlement and class notice administration costs.

“It’s a good result. Our law firm is very proud of the work we’ve done for the class,” said class counsel Jeff Ostrow of Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert in Fort Lauderdale.

Ostrow’s team includes Scott Edelsberg and Avi Kaufman of his firm plus Andrew Shamis of Shamis & Gentile in Miami.

CITGO chief counsel is Scott Solberg of Eimer Stahl in Chicago. He had no immediate comment.

The motion said the parties came to agreement after a second full-day mediation session with David Lichter, a litigator and arbitration special master on July 19. The parties “executed a term sheet memorializing their understanding” and filed a notice of settlement with the court, the motion said.

Here’s the history of the case, according to the motion. “On July 31, 2015, Plaintiff, Matthew Gottlieb, entered two of the CITGO-sponsored sweepstakes contests while attending a concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. In late 2016, CITGO sponsored several new sweepstakes contests and it used the services of Black Canyon and mGage to market those contests to the mobile phone numbers of many of the people who had entered the prior sweepstakes contests, including Plaintiff. In total, Plaintiff received three text messages from CITGO in 2016: one in August, one in October and one in November. Some combination of these three text messages were sent to approximately 93,000 mobile phone numbers belonging to people who, similar to Plaintiff, had previously entered other CITGO-sponsored sweepstakes contests.”

Gottlieb filed the lawsuit last November, and discovery started in February. The motion said CITGO responded with 100,000 pages of paper and electronic documents to be reviewed by the class counsel and data expert.

The motion called the battle “hard fought” up to this point and added that the settlement, if approved, “will bring an end to what has otherwise been, and likely would continue to be, contentious and costly litigation centered on unsettled legal questions.”

Attorneys have reached a settlement agreement worth $8.3 million in a class action lawsuit over unsolicited text messages tied to sweepstakes entries.

The potential class representative, Matthew Gottlieb, filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement with CITGO on Tuesday in the Southern District of Florida. If U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg in West Palm Beach approves, the deal would end a lawsuit over alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and Gottlieb will share $8 million with 93,000 cell phone users.

After legal fees — which could be up to a third of the $8 million — the plaintiffs could pocket about $56 per text. The Texas-based petroleum company has agreed to pay another $300,000 for settlement and class notice administration costs.

“It’s a good result. Our law firm is very proud of the work we’ve done for the class,” said class counsel Jeff Ostrow of Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert in Fort Lauderdale.

Ostrow’s team includes Scott Edelsberg and Avi Kaufman of his firm plus Andrew Shamis of Shamis & Gentile in Miami.

CITGO chief counsel is Scott Solberg of Eimer Stahl in Chicago. He had no immediate comment.

The motion said the parties came to agreement after a second full-day mediation session with David Lichter, a litigator and arbitration special master on July 19. The parties “executed a term sheet memorializing their understanding” and filed a notice of settlement with the court, the motion said.

Here’s the history of the case, according to the motion. “On July 31, 2015, Plaintiff, Matthew Gottlieb, entered two of the CITGO-sponsored sweepstakes contests while attending a concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. In late 2016, CITGO sponsored several new sweepstakes contests and it used the services of Black Canyon and mGage to market those contests to the mobile phone numbers of many of the people who had entered the prior sweepstakes contests, including Plaintiff. In total, Plaintiff received three text messages from CITGO in 2016: one in August, one in October and one in November. Some combination of these three text messages were sent to approximately 93,000 mobile phone numbers belonging to people who, similar to Plaintiff, had previously entered other CITGO-sponsored sweepstakes contests.”

Gottlieb filed the lawsuit last November, and discovery started in February. The motion said CITGO responded with 100,000 pages of paper and electronic documents to be reviewed by the class counsel and data expert.

The motion called the battle “hard fought” up to this point and added that the settlement, if approved, “will bring an end to what has otherwise been, and likely would continue to be, contentious and costly litigation centered on unsettled legal questions.”