How to Recover Your Stolen Property
You may be entitled to a cash payment from a class action settlement fund if you have or had an ADT residential security system that included wireless sensors.
This notice affects you if, between November 13, 2009 and August 15, 2016, you first entered into a contract with ADT or an ADT dealer for installation of a residential security system, or if you had ADT or an ADT dealer install a residential security system, that includes at least one wireless peripheral sensor. Pursuant to a proposed class action settlement, and subject to the approval of the Court, ADT has agreed to pay $16 million to eligible ADT customers, less administrative costs, attorneys' fees and expenses, and representative service awards. You must, however, submit a claim form to claim your share of the proposed settlement fund. The Court authorized publication of this notice in addition to email and other written notice you may receive. This is a summary of the Settlement and your legal rights.
What is the lawsuit about? Several consumers around the country have sued ADT, alleging that ADT failed to disclose that the wireless peripheral sensors used in its residential security systems can be jammed or disrupted and thus allegedly pose security risks. ADT denies these allegations, denies liability, and asserts numerous defenses. The suit is a class action, meaning that the customers who sued (the "class representatives") asked for relief not only for themselves, but for all similarly situated consumers. Without admitting liability or fault, ADT has agreed to pay $16 million to compromise those claims. The settlement, however, does not release any of your claims for personal injuries or for damage to or loss of property. The parties have entered into a Settlement Agreement which will be presented to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the action Edenborough v. ADT LLC, Case No. 16-cv-02233.
What benefits does the settlement provide ? The settlement funds will be used to pay eligible class members, pay the legal fees incurred by the class representatives (up to 25% of the settlement fund) plus expenses, and service awards to each of the class representatives as awarded by the Court, in varying amounts up to a maximum of $10,000. If the Court approves the settlement, ADT customers who meet the eligibility criteria and submit a timely, valid claim form will receive a share of the settlement amount, estimated at $15 and $45 depending on the date of their contracts. These payment amounts may be adjusted up or down depending on the number of Claim Forms received, so as to fully and fairly allocate and pay out the entire net settlement fund to Class Members who submit Claim Forms. None of the money in the settlement fund will revert back to ADT.
Tax Consequences of Settlement . Any benefits you receive may or may not be the subject of state or federal taxation depending on your individual circumstances. Class Counsel are not tax attorneys and you are advised to seek separate legal advice on matters of taxation.
How can you get a payment ? Detailed information about the settlement and the claim submission process is posted on the settlement website and can also be obtained by calling the number below. You must be a class member and submit a Claim Form on or before February 26, 2018 to get a payment.
What other options do you have ? If you would prefer not to be part of the settlement and not get a payment, you have the right to ask the Court to exclude you. To do so, you must complete and submit a request for exclusion by January 2, 2018 . If you want to be part of the settlement but object to its terms, you or your attorney can submit written objections and/or appear at the final approval hearing discussed below. To do so, you must complete and submit your objection by January 2, 2018 .
Final Approval Hearing . The Court will hold a hearing on February 1, 2018 , at which time it will consider any objections, decide what fees to award, and decide whether to approve the Settlement.
October 26, 2017
Despite your efforts to make your home an impenetrable, burglar-proof safe haven, the sad truth is that burglaries can still happen. Perhaps you simply forgot to lock the bathroom window? Maybe your intruder used physical force to quickly ransack your property?
Whatever the case may be, these stubborn and thoughtless intruders invade the privacy of millions of American homes every year. With these break-ins comes not only the loss of your peace of mind, but also the loss of your precious (and expensive) belongings. In fact, with between $2,000 - $3,000 worth of goods reported on average per break in—you could be put in a very bad situation.
So what can victims of a break in do to try to recover the stolen property?
While you may be shaken up after a break in, and understandably so, one of the best measures to retrieve your stolen property is to let the proper authorities know immediately. When speaking with the police, details can make all the difference; when, how, and where the items were stolen can help your chances on getting your valuables back.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to ask for your detailed police report so that you are able to cross check any details and ensure that it is accurate. Once you have given the authorities every detail you can remember and you have your report, follow up periodically to check the progress.
Many items that end up stolen property from your home are small, expensive, and easy to resell. This means that often times your laptops, tablets, and smart phones are hot ticket items for burglars. Thankfully, there are some helpful hacks that may help your track down these valuable items.
One incredibly useful method to find your smart phone is to utilize the “Find My Phone” feature. From Apple to Android, there are different apps and methods for this, but the principle remains the same. You are able to log in from someone else’s phone or on a computer and track the exact whereabouts of your device. This can help you see if it has been left somewhere or sold to another shop. Don’t attempt to retrieve these items yourself—give this information to the authorities.
Oftentimes, the first stop for a burglar after a break in is the neighborhood pawn shop. These stores don’t typically require much information or proof of purchase, so it is an easy out for some quick cash.
If you are successful in your pawnshop visit and have found your stolen property, don’t break out the sob story just yet. Pawnshop owners don’t necessarily have to just hand over an item that they can turn around and sell for a profit. Instead, it’s recommended that you feign interest in the product and have them hold it for you. After that, you should immediately notify the police and they will take care of retrieving it for you.
In today’s age, instead of the pawnshop, savvier burglars will instead go online to sell your precious valuables. Popular sites like Craigslist and eBay enable burglars to anonymously sell your items without much risk. It is important to check online for these and similar sites as soon as possible to track down your items.
In addition, many websites enable you to report stolen items and share them on social media to make sure that anyone locally will be aware.
Don’t be too discouraged if your stolen property search didn’t prove fruitful, you can always prepare yourself for next time. First thing is to make sure your home security system is in working order and properly set up. If you haven’t updated your system in a while, now may be the time!
Additionally, it can be massively helpful when locating your stolen property if they have unique marking. Whether it be a sticker or a tiny mark, anything can be helpful so that your belongings stand out. Lastly, be sure to write down all serial numbers from your electronics. This can be hugely helpful when giving the details to the police.
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