A class action gives individuals the ability to seek damages that would otherwise be too small, legally difficult, or costly to pursue individually. In most cases, it also allows individuals to do it without incurring legal fees. Class actions also give individuals the ability to hold companies accountable through the courts for unlawful and/or injurious activities. You may receive compensation for a wrong, injury, or loss that you sustained. Finally, by participating, you demonstrate to the court that the alleged harm done was substantial and impacted a large number of people.
It is impossible to know what, if any, recovery might be possible. Some cases go to trial while others will settle. Others may be dismissed by the court. A settlement can involve a payment into a common fund to be distributed to all members of the class in proportion to the amount each is determined to have lost. For specific details of your case, please review the notice of settlement.
Generally, no legal fees are paid unless a class action is successful. Should there be a successful resolution to a case, legal fees are typically drawn from the settlement proceeds before a distribution to class members. Please review the notice for specific details of your class action(s).
If you do nothing, you will not receive any benefits from the settlement but you will be bound by its terms and you will give up your right to start a lawsuit against the Defendants about the legal issues resolved by the settlement.