Www.SmithSettlement.com – Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
You may be entitled to a sum of $75 if you decide to participate in the Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Lawsuit Settlement which can be found at www.SmithSettlement.com. If you are entitled to make a claim, you may have gotten a notice in your mail or you may even have received an email. This actually involves two debt collection companies. The companies are National Corrective Group or NCG and American Corrective Counseling Services or ACCS. So basically about 800,000 residents of California and Pennsylvania are affected by this. The programs involve the DAs of two states namely the states of California and the state of Pennsylvania. They forced the customers to pay for Financial Accountability classes. This was in conjunction with the Bad Check Restitution Program. They violated a number of laws including collecting unauthorized fees by providing these programs in the names of district attorneys.
The amount of the Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Lawsuit Settlement is $3 million. You will be able to access the claim form at the www.SmithSettlement.com site. You will have to fill it out and submit it by February 14, 2013. You should not wait to mail it in because if you miss the deadline, your claim will not be considered valid and you will not get any compensation. If after you have filed your claim, you move and get a new address, then you must tell the settlement administrator. If you do not do this, your check will be mailed to your previous address. As it may take a while before the check is sent out any email forwarding that you had would long be over. So make sure that you do this. You can also let the Class Counsel know about your new address.
The Class Counsel are the attorneys that the Court appoints to help you out. You can take advantage of this and use their services for free. This is the only chance that you will get to get free legal advice. So if you are not sure about anything, do contact them. In addition to filing a claim form, you also have other legal actions that you can take. One of the thing that you can do is object if you wish however the deadline to do this is over. You can no longer do this. You can also no longer get excluded. This means that you cannot sue the defendants if you wanted to do this. You also cannot take part in other lawsuits against the defendants. So if you did not do this, the only choice that you have now if to fill out the claim form. It is better to get something than nothing at all and losing all your legal rights. Of course if you do nothing, you will get nothing.
The Final Approval and Fairness Hearing will be on November 16, 2012. So if you would like to attend this, you can. However you do not have to in order to get your compensation. You can still get your money and what you are owed. The amount that you get may be higher or lower depending on the number of people who actually submit claims. The more people who submit this, the less you will get. So it is better for you if less people fill out the claim forms. You will receive your checks via mail. The time period that is covered by the settlement is different for the two states. If you are in California, you should have gotten a Bad Check Diversion Program notice from the two companies from the period of January 4, 2005 and August 31, 2011. If you are in Pennsylvania, then you should have gotten a Bad Check Diversion program notice from the two companies from the period of January 25, 2004 to August 31, 2011.
The plaintiffs in this case will get an award of $1000. This is for their efforts in filing the original lawsuits that lead to the settlement. So if you are just a class member and you file a claim form in order to get compensation, you will not get $1000. You will only get around $75. The original lawsuit is Smith v. National Corrective Group, Inc. The case number is 3:10-CV-0010 JSW.
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