Each Class Member who submitted a claim will receive a share of the settlement based on the total number of claimants (people who submitted claims). The money is divided among the claimants based on several things: the number of searches each person had, the weather when the search happened, and how bad the lack of privacy was during the search (the earlier searches were generally worse). Each person received a certain number of points based on these issues, and the settlement is divided based on each person’s points.
The claim filing deadline was June 4, 2020, and the final approval hearing took place on July 20, 2020. After the hearing, the Court decided to approve any additional completed claims that had been filed prior to the final approval hearing. On September 13, 2021 the Court approved payment to Class Members who submitted late claims through September 9, 2021. No further late claims will be approved. If you did not file a claim before the deadline, you will get no points and no money. It is divided only among those who filed on time.
No Class Member who filed a valid claim will receive less than $200 (for one search under the least bad conditions). Persons with the highest number of searches – up to 50 will count for points – will likely receive thousands of dollars.
A federal district court granted final approval to the settlement in this case on August 11, 2020. A former Class Member, who had opted out, appealed the settlement. After losing two appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she filed a petition for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The petition for review was denied on October 4, 2021.
The Settlement has been finally approved and became effective on November 3, 2021. The Settlement Administrator sent the first round of Class Member settlement checks on January 21, 2022, and there will be subsequent similar checks sent around the same time in 2023 and 2024. The three rounds of payment are because, under the Settlement, the County makes three equal payments, in 2022, 2023, and 2024.
Benefit payments will be mailed by check to the most recent address on file. Please remember to notify the Settlement Administrator of any address updates for future payments. See FAQ 17.
Address updates can be emailed or mailed to the Settlement Administrator. You may email your request to info@LynwoodStripSearch.com or you may complete the form on the Contact Us page. All address update requests require a minimum of two of the following verification points: previous address, date of birth, and/or last four digits of your social security number. Please also include any aliases you may have used.