What is a Class-Action?
A Class Action is a lawsuit brought by one or more persons
or entities, referred to as “named plaintiffs”, on behalf of a large
group of people who have the same type of claim. The group, or
shares common important facts. Claims are typically pursued as
class action when it is not practical or feasible to file many
relatively small individual lawsuits. An individual, corporation or
government agency may initiate a class action.
How much does it cost me to join a class action lawsuit?
Typically there are no costs associated with joining a
class action lawsuit. With most class actions, the attorneys
primarily work on a contingent fee basis, where the firm advances
costs and expenses. If the firm is successful in obtaining a
on behalf of class members, the firm will ask the court to
attorney fees and costs incurred in the litigation from the
The amount of the fee award will depend on a number of
including the size of the recovery, current laws and
the duration and complexity of the litigation.
How long will the lawsuit take before it is
Every lawsuit is different; therefore, there is no way of
knowing exactly when each one will be resolved.
What is a Settlement Notice?
A Settlement Notice is a notice that describes the terms
the settlement and outlines the rights of the class members under
How much money will I receive?
Every case is different. The damages paid to class members
depends greatly on the type of claim, the related financial loss,
difficulty establishing the Defendants' liability, the volume of
claims filed and approved, and the terms of the Settlement
What is a Class Period?
A Class Period is a specific time frame during which a
company is alleged to have acted improperly in the conduct of its
business. The class period is specified in both the Complaint and
Notice. It is always possible that a class period may be extended or
shortened during the Preliminary and Final Settlement Hearing
I live outside of the United States. Can I still
Yes, as long as you are a member of the Class as defined
the Notice or settlement papers, and you are not an excluded party
How do I file a Claim?
You must complete a claim form pursuant to the
contained therein, and sign the certification and, if
Substitute Form W-9. A claim may be submitted on a
photocopy of an
actual claim form but may not be altered in any way.
You should then
return the completed Claim Form (and supporting
required) to the Claims Administrator. Do not send
your Claim Form
to the Court or to any of the parties or their
counsel. Also, keep a
copy of what you send for your files. You
should also retain any
records you have used to compile your claim
concerning purchases of
the subject products during the class period.
Failure to complete all
applicable parts of a Claim Form may result
in denial of the claim,
delay processing the claim, or otherwise
adversely affect the claim
and its recovery.
Do I require assistance to file a Claim Form?
No. There are companies that may write or call members of
settlement class upon learning of a pending class action
and offer to help class members file Claim Forms in
exchange for a
share of the money that the class members may
(You do not need to use one of these companies).
available from the Administrator, and from Class
in the accompanying notice, at no cost to you.
Will I receive confirmation of receipt of my Claim Form?
The Administrator generally does not confirm the receipt
every claim in writing, unless specifically required in a
agreement. However, you may request such confirmation at
You should not assume that your claim has been filed until
receive confirmation, in writing, from the Administrator. If you
confirmation of receipt of your claim when you mail it, you
send it by certified mail, return receipt requested or any
that provides you with proof of mailing and of receipt.
except for the overnight postal services, other courier
cannot be delivered to a PO Box).