Winter Safety Tips
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.
November 2, 2017
Colder temperatures are here and it’s time to reach for those coats, gloves and beanies. But who wants to head outside when it’s so cold? Surely, many families would much rather sit on the sofa with a piping hot mug of hot chocolate, staring at the snowflakes piling up on the ground. However, once those big winter storms hit and bring extremely low temperatures, the serenity of the winter safety and warm indoors can quickly shatter.
There’s nothing worse than being unprepared when unsettling weather hits. Unfortunately, many families don’t take the proper precautions before, during and after a winter storm. Instead, they leave things until the last minute and head out into the storm jeopardizing both their own and their family’s safety by not protecting their home in advance.
So whether you’re expecting three inches or three feet of snow, it’s important to establish a foolproof routine to implement for each storm so that you remain out of harm’s way. Here’s our top winter safety tips for this winter season.
When a winter storm hits, it’s tempting to head to the grocery store once you’ve realized that you don’t have enough hot chocolate to see you through. Don’t make the careless mistake of venturing out during the storm. Instead, make sure that you head to the grocery store before it hits and stock up on enough supplies for the duration of the storm.
Additionally, it’s wise to stock up on non-perishables, such as canned goods and foods that don’t require refrigeration. You never know how long you could be without power. It’s also important to keep yourself hydrated, so don’t forget to stock up on enough water, too!
Staying safe is vital during bad winter conditions, and it’s important to have essential supplies that you can quickly access. Before any storm, gather these items together to form a winter safety storm kit, many of which you probably already have in your home:
If you’ve ever had a pipe freeze and burst, then we don’t need to tell you what a headache it can be. If you’re not aware, then let’s hope that you never have to find out! It’s important to address your pipes ASAP as it’s no surprise that frozen and burst pipes can be very expensive to fix.
Luckily, there are simple tasks that you can carry out to try to avoid this from happening: When preparing for bad winter weather, it’s important to keep in mind that home maintenance also includes the exterior of your home. Make sure that any dead branches are removed from your trees and that anything overgrown on the tree is trimmed back. This is a crucial step to remember as harsh winter weather conditions such as wind, ice, sleet and snow can lead to stray branches and longer limbs damaging your property.
If you’re stuck indoors for a long period of time, it may be tempting to use an alternate source for electricity, heating, or cooking (especially if your electricity goes out). However, never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, natural gas, propane or charcoal-burning devices inside your home. Using these alternate sources can lead to hazardous consequences, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shocks and fire.
Make sure that you have installed carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home, as they will provide early warnings of any accumulating carbon monoxide. If the carbon monoxide alarm is set off, quickly move to an outdoor location with fresh air. If you’re unable to do this, then head to an area by an open window or door. From your fresh air location, call for help and remain there until emergency personnel arrive.
When it’s cold, windy and snowy outside, the temptation to snuggle up to warmth is high on the agenda. However, using space heaters incorrectly can quickly lead to disaster. It’s easy to avoid being part of house fire statistics by remembering that winter safety is key. Simply keep these tips in mind when using heating equipment.
However tempting it is to go and stretch your legs outside or start shoveling your driveway, it’s so important to stay indoors during winter storms (and particularly blizzards). Staying inside as much as possible will limit the possibility of coming face to face with dangerous situations. Equally, you should never be tempted to get in the car or drive during a winter storm. Icy roads and limited visibility are never a good combination, so stay inside and keep warm.
These simple tips are a guaranteed way to stay safer this winter, so don’t hesitate to put them into practice. Once the storm is in full swing, you can grab that mug of hot chocolate and enjoy the snowy season from the comfort of your own home knowing that you, your property and your family are as safe as possible.
To learn more about how carbon monoxide monitoring works, visit ADT’s Carbon Monoxide Alarm Services page.
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