"It does not take long for a house fire to destroy a home"
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.
Posted on 7/16/2016
July 15, 2016. Every 90 seconds, a house catches on fire and a family can lose their irreplaceable possessions, entire home, or even a furry member of the family. Sadly, 500,000 beloved pets are injured or killed in house fires each year. Learn how you can protect your pet and home with ADT pet cameras and a pet monitoring system.
Amber and Fiona are a typical little family. Amber is a fifth-grade teacher and Fiona, a Yorkshire Terrier mix who spends most of her time lounging in her doggy bed while Amber is at work.
Fiona means the world to Amber and Amber is Fiona’s entire world. Amber would not know what she would do without her furry four-legged best friend.
Amber knows you can never be too careful when it comes to pet safety. She relies on ADT for her pet safety and pet monitoring needs. Amber needs all the help she can get and the extra set of eyes watching over her home and beloved Fiona.
Amber left for work like any other morning, said goodbye to Fiona and was off. Little did she know, her garbage disposal would set on fire not long after she left for work. The kitchen filled with smoke and no one was home to tend to Fiona, who was snuggled in her doggy bed, asleep. Without monitored smoke detectors, helpless Fiona would not have a chance.
Within seconds Amber’s ADT monitored smoke detector sounded while the house was consumed with smoke. ADT instantly received the signal and tried to notify Amber.
Since Amber is a teacher, it was almost impossible to alert her in time before the fire spreads. After no answer, ADT called 911 and the fire department was dispatched within minutes. House fires double in size in as little as two minutes, so ADT knows every second counts when it comes to helping to save lives.
When the first reponders arrived, they found Fiona in the kitchen, which was filled with smoke. The firefighters got Fiona out of the burning kitchen while they put out the flames.
Amber was notified by the school about the fire. When ADT could not get in touch with Amber, they had called her school so they could inform her. Amber rushed home worried her precious Fiona would be gone as well as her home.
As soon as Amber arrived and saw her beloved Fiona outside scared to death and covered in soot, the relief went through her body and she rushed to Fiona. “I just hugged her,” she stated.
Monitored smoke detectors help save lives every day. Dan LeCon of Anaheim Fire & Rescue said, “Had there not been monitored fire protection in the home, little Fiona probably wouldn’t be alive today.” It does not take long for a house fire to destroy a home. Dan says, “Another twenty minutes, the whole house would have been destroyed.”
Amber could not be more grateful to the firefighters and relieved her little Fiona is safe and unharmed. “Fiona is my best friend. She’s very protective of me and very sweet.” Because of ADT’s monitored smoke detectors and the brave and speedy firefighters, Fiona was okay and Amber’s house was salvaged.
Pet safety is nothing to take lightly. Pet monitoring systems are perfect for keeping track of your pets while you are away. Investing in pet cameras for your home will enhance your pet’s safety and your home’s security.
If you get a call from ADT that there is a disturbance in your home or if your monitored smoke detectors have picked up smoke, simply view your home camera footage live on ADT’s Pulse App with your smart device or computer.
These cameras can keep an eye on your pets when you’re not home. You'll know if your pets are in any immediate danger. You can also find out if they’re getting into mischief, or discover if your pets really do have a secret life.
Do not fret that you could lose your precious pet to a house fire. ADT pet cameras and monitored smoke detectors help save lives like Fiona every day. Be like Amber and put yourself at ease.
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