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SiriusXM customers get cash settlement checks over robocalls

The checks stem from a federal class action lawsuit over robocalls made between 2013 and 2019.

The checks stem from a federal class action lawsuit over robocalls made between 2013 and 2019.

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Satellite radio company SiriusXM has started compensating some customers who received unsolicited phone calls from the company in violation of federal telemarketing rules.

The settlement money stems from a federal class action lawsuit, Buchanan v. SiriusXM, that accused the satellite radio giant of using automated phone dialing services to make commercial phone calls to numbers registered on the federal Do Not Call registry and a separate internal no-call list maintained by the company.

SiriusXM settled the case without admitting any wrongdoing. The company agreed to provide three months of free service or a cash settlement to customers who filed a claim. The claim window closed last October; customers who did not submit a claim will not be compensated.

The cash settlement fund reached $25 million. This week, court administrators began mailing $38 settlement checks to customers who opted for the cash.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).