The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s cost-allocation order, determining it wasn’t an abuse of discretion to make the defendants in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action foot the bill for notifying potential class members across the country, despite the original class certification being limited to Illinois.

Judge Diane Wood for the U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s requiring of Consolidated World Travel, Inc. (CWT) to bear the costs of providing notice to a nationwide class, after Angel Bakov filed a class action suit alleging CWT violated the TCPA “by calling class members using prerecorded voice messages, a practice the law expressly prohibits,” in a May 19 opinion.