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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.
September 22, 2017
One of the top major concerns for most homeowners is neighborhood safety. No matter what age you are, if you’re married, or if you have kids, the safeness of your neighborhood factors largely into whether you choose to stay in your neighborhood. Similarly, for homebuyers—the quality of the neighborhood should help sway your decision. According to Consumer Affairs, “What’s the neighborhood like?” should be one of the first questions you ask yourself. But whether you are moving into a brand new neighborhood or have lived in one for years, thinking about you and your family’s safety should be at the forefront of your mind. Even if you live in one of the safest neighborhoods in America, there are still steps you and your family need to take to be safe.
These steps require you to be an active member in your neighborhood as well as an effective teacher for your children about what and what not to do. So what are some key steps everyone can take to elevate their neighborhood safety?
Being an active member in your neighborhood requires you to really know the people who live near and next to you. Why is getting to know your neighbors so important? First, it gives you peace of mind to know your house and property are well looked after while you’re away on vacation or for any other reason. Also, your children have an immediate point of contact should anything happen while you’re gone. It also enables you to have a better grasp of who may be a suspicious character if you have an idea of who you see and speak to often.
Even if neighborhood safety isn’t the highest priority, it is necessary that you have a robust security system installed. You never know who might come through your neighborhood and it is key to be prepared for the worst. Investing in a smart security system gives you the ultimate control and insight into your property. Companies such as ADT are at the forefront of home security with their offering of home automation products. Control your home’s functions as if you were there at all times with automated lighting, locks, and thermostat features, just to name a few.
Another key to neighborhood safety is to educate the whole family about what to do on a daily basis and in the event of an emergency. Teach your kids what emergency contact numbers they should call, where they should go, how to use the security system, etc. Always be aware of where your family is in the neighborhood whether you are home or not as well—set perimeter limits on how far outside of your area they can go.
A simple tip, but one that could make all the difference. The slogan for national security also holds true for your neighborhood—“If you see something, say something.” If you see a car you don’t recognize parked near your or your neighbor’s, keep a watchful eye for a few minutes and contact authorities. Or if people appear to be walking back and forth in and out of the neighborhood, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call 911. Always go with your gut when you feel something or someone looks off in your neighborhood. You might feel too cautious, but when you know something is off, you could make the difference between saving you or your neighbors a real headache. Teach your kids this same thing—their preparedness is just as important as yours.
If you are committed to neighborhood safety ensuring crime stays clear from your home, there is no better way than to start a neighborhood watch. You can start it alone and build interest or begin with a few other neighbors. Make sure you gather enough interested households required by your local authorities. Think of a meeting place (someone’s house or apartment, for example) and have an agenda of issues that you’d like to address, so the meeting stays on track. You can even invite a police officer from your neighborhood’s jurisdiction.
Also make sure you and your neighbors have accurate facts about crime in your neighborhood. Reliable information is imperative to the success of a neighborhood watch. Keep everyone informed and allow meeting time to discuss and elect block captains who will act as the liaison between citizens and police. Of course, make sure to keep these meetings informative and fun. The idea is to work together and protect everyone from outside harm.
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