I recently received an email notifying me that I am eligible for a small chunk of settlement money from a classmates.com class action suit...essentially the settlement amount ($2.5M) is divided by the number of claimants. What happened was classmates.com sent notifications lying about people searching for you to get subscribers. Supposedly, eligible class members will be sent an email. The email looked pretty generic with only "notice" in the subject line, so be on the lookout for an email if you were a classmates subscriber. There were plenty of FW members who subscribed for free or close to free through HD who are probably eligible.
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3. WHO DOES THE SETTLEMENT COVER?
As explained above, this Settlement is offered to a Settlement Class that includes:
All Persons residing in the United States who were registered with or subscribed to www.classmates.com at any time beginning on October 30, 2004 through February 23, 2011.
If you have questions about whether you were correctly identified as a Settlement Class member, please contact the Settlement Administrator at the address in Section 5 below.
4. WHAT WILL THE SETTLEMENT GIVE ME?
Each Settlement Class member who submits a valid Claim Form will receive a cash award (payable via PayPal or via physical check). The amount of the cash award cannot be determined in advance, but is estimated to be $10 for each Settlement Class member.
The cash award will be determined by dividing the $2.5 million that Classmates has agreed to pay by the number of Settlement Class members who submit valid Claim Forms. For example, if 250,000 class members submit valid Claim Forms, each will receive $10. As another example, if 500,000 class members submit valid Claim Forms, each will receive $5. There are as many as 60 million Settlement Class members. Based on the participation rates in the Prior Settlement, it is estimated that each participating Settlement Class member will receive about $10. This is only an estimate, no one knows in advance how much this settlement will pay each claimant, and no one will know until the deadline for submitting claims passes.
In addition to the cash award, the Settlement will require Classmates to change certain business practices for two years. Among other things, Classmates will no longer use the term “guestbook” as a stand-alone term in the subject line of the emails it sends to its subscribers, but will instead call it “Classmates® Guestbook”. The “Classmates® Guestbook” feature will be described in the footer of those emails as follows:
WHAT IS CLASSMATES® GUESTBOOK?: When most Classmates members visit your profile, their names will automatically be listed in your Classmates® Guestbook. Any member can leave their name in any other member’s Classmates® Guestbook simply by visiting that member’s profile, so you might not know everyone who signed yours. For more information, see our Classmates® Guestbook Help Article.
A complete description of the business practices that Classmates has agreed to change is at the Settlement Website (www.cmemailsettlement.com).
5. HOW DO I GET THE CASH AWARD?
To receive a cash award, you must submit a valid Claim Form no later than November 18, 2011. You may submit a Claim Form online. To access the Claim Form, click this link or go to https://cert.gardencitygroup.com/clm/fs/claim and input this Claim number and this Control number: