Www.AtlantisClass.com – Atlantis Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
You can take part in the Atlantis Class Action Lawsuit Settlement is you stayed in the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas from March 28, 2007 to September 14, 2011 and you paid for a mandatory housekeeping service fee before your actual stay. So this includes any of the resort in Atlantis. You could for example have stayed at The Cove Atlantis. You could also have stayed at Coral Towers, or Royal Towers or even The Reef. You could also have stayed at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino. Paying ahead of time for the housekeeping gratuity and services is illegal because you have not stayed at the resort yet and hence you should not be charged those fees in advance. This is considered misleading. You can get detailed information on the www.atlantisclass.com site. The plaintiffs basically said that this was a violation of the Florida law. The law that this violates is the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The plaintiffs also said that this was a breach of contract.
You have some legal rights in this case. However, most of the deadlines to exercise your legal rights are now over. For example if you wanted to opt out so that you can sue the resort yourself, you would have had to have submitted your written request by June 11, 2012. You also are no longer able to submit a written request to object to the lawsuit because that deadline was also June 11, 2012. In addition, you also cannot attend the Final Approval Hearing because that was on August 6, 2012. If you received a notice in the mail, then that means that you are a class member and can get compensation. So your only option right now is to basically stay in the Class as you do not have to do anything. You do not have to download a claim form from the www.atlantisclass.com site. This is good because if you are just discovering about this and you had stayed at the Atlantis hotel and resort, then you may still get a chance to get something.
The defendants have of course said that this is not their fault and that they did inform all those who paid in advance for their stay in Atlantis about the mandatory housekeeping gratuities that they would be charged in advance. The Defendants have also said that the fees charged were sent to the appropriate department/staff. The class representative in this case is Ms. Jennifer Costa. The legal counsel appointed is the Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz. The class counsel has asked for up to $450,000 in fees.
The original lawsuit in this case is the Costa v. Kerzner International Resorts, Inc. et al. the case number is 11-60663-KMW. If you have questions about the fees charged or even about your stay at Atlantis, you should not contact the Court because the Court does not have any information to give you. Instead, the best way to get information is to contact the class counsel. You can also contact the Claims or Settlement Administrator. You should be able to get this information at the site mentioned above. There is also a toll free number that you can call if you wish to talk to someone. I find this the best way to get the answers that you need as you there can be no confusion. Sometimes, written requests may not convey what you problem or issue is clearly and it may take quite a while before you are able to get the response that you need.
A friend of mine stayed at the Atlantis hotel and resort a couple of years ago. What I remember him saying is that he was truly impressed with the place and how beautiful it was. I have never been myself but I would be upset if I had to pay housekeeping gratuity and charges before my stay. I do not remember him mentioning this to me so he must not have been aware that he was charged the fees. He also was not aware of this settlement and I have informed him that he may be getting compensation. He is going to call the settlement administrators to find out what kind of compensation he could be getting. If you think you are eligible, it is not too late to get something because you actually did not have to submit a claim form.
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