The “Uber of weed” app developed by Eaze Solutions, Inc. (Eaze) provides information to users about the delivery of recreational and medical marijuana throughout California.
Unfortunately, Eaze allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by inundating its users with unsolicited, autodialed text messages about how to buy marijuana. The named plaintiff alleges that she never enrolled in or used Eaze’s services, but was inundated with texts from Eaze offering to sell her marijuana “at all hours of the day,” including at 2:10 a.m. She alleges that Eaze’s growth as the “Uber of weed” happened by “relentlessly bombarding existing and prospective customers with text messages and other digital spam, day after day, en masse, without anyone’s permission.”
Plaintiff alleged that this behavior was a clear violation of the TCPA. The parties have agreed in principle to a proposed settlement of $1.75 million with the approximately 51,000 class members. The settlement includes a proposed payment of around $230 per class member who file a valid claim, attorney’s fees of up to 25 percent (or $437,500) and $2,500 for each of the two named plaintiffs. Eaze has also agreed to revise its marketing practices to comply with TCPA.