Class Action Frequently Asked Questions for Class Members

If you do not find the answer to your question, please refer to the case website or case documents for the settlement you are looking for.

What is a class action lawsuit?

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 that has the same type of claim. The group, or class, share common important facts. Claims are typically pursued as a 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.

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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 all costs and expenses. If the firm is successful in obtaining a recovery on behalf of class members, the firm will ask the court to award attorney fees and costs incurred in the litigation from the recovery. The amount of the fee award will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the recovery, current laws and guidelines, and the duration and complexity of the litigation.

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How long will the lawsuit take before it is resolved?

Every settlement is different; therefore, there is no way of knowing exactly when each one will be resolved. Please be patient.

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What is a settlement notice?

A settlement notice is a court-approved document that describes the terms of the settlement and outlines the rights of the class members under that settlement.

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How much money will I receive?

Every case is different. The benefit awarded to class members depends greatly on the type of claim, the related financial loss, the difficulty establishing the defendants’ liability, the volume of claims filed and approved, and the terms of the settlement agreement. You may be able to find an estimated class benefit on the related case website.

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What is a class period?

A class period is a specific time frame during which the defendant is alleged to have acted improperly in the conduct of its business. The class period is defined in the settlement agreement and in other court-approved documents. It is always possible that a class period may be extended or shortened during the preliminary and final settlement hearing decisions.

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I live outside of the United States. Can I still participate?

Yes, as long as you are a member of the class as defined in the notice or settlement documents, and you are not an excluded party as defined therein.

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How do I file a claim?

If applicable, you must complete a claim form pursuant to the instructions contained therein, sign the certification and, if included, a Substitute Form W-9. Your completed claim form (and supporting documents, as required) should be submitted to the claim administrator as outlined in the filing instructions. It is recommended that you keep a copy of your claim form submission in 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. Read the instructions carefully. Fully and accurately complete the claim form, provide supporting documentation if required, submit your claim form by the filing deadline to ensure your form will be considered as part of the settlement.

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Do I require assistance to file a claim form?

No. There are companies that may write or call members of a settlement class upon learning of a pending class action settlement and offer to help class members file claim forms in exchange for a share of the money that the class members may ultimately recover. You do not need to use one of these companies. Assistance is available from the administrator, and from class counsel identified in the settlement documents at no cost to you.

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Will I receive confirmation of receipt of my claim form?

The administrator generally does not confirm the receipt of every claim in writing, unless specifically required in a settlement agreement. However, you may request such confirmation at any time. You should not assume that your claim has been filed. The best way to confirm receipt of your claim by the settlement administrator if sending via mail is to send your claim by certified mail, return receipt requested, or another delivery method that provides you with proof of mailing and of receipt. Note, except for the overnight postal services, other delivery services (UPS, FedEx, …) cannot deliver to a PO Box. You may also request confirmation from the settlement administrator at any time. Claim forms filed online via the settlement website (if available) will receive a confirmation of claim submittal upon proper completion and submission of the electronic claim.

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