If You Bought or Leased a New Ve­hi­cle, or Bought Cer­tain Re­place­ment Parts for a Ve­hi­cle Since 1996

You Could Get Money From Set­tle­ments To­tal­ing Ap­prox­i­mately $604 Mil­lion

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Community Table -

Twelve de­fen­dant groups and their af­fil­i­ates have agreed to Set­tle­ments re­solv­ing claims that they fixed the price of cer­tain ve­hi­cle com­po­nents. This may have caused in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses to pay more for cer­tain new ve­hi­cles and re­place­ment parts. These Set­tling De­fen­dants deny any claims of wrong­do­ing.

Am I in­cluded?

You may be in­cluded if, from 1996 to 2016, you: (1) bought or leased a qual­i­fy­ing new ve­hi­cle in the U.S. (not for re­sale) or (2) bought a qual­i­fy­ing ve­hi­cle re­place­ment part (not for re­sale) from some­one other than the man­u­fac­turer of the part. In gen­eral, qual­i­fy­ing ve­hi­cles in­clude four­wheeled pas­sen­ger au­to­mo­biles, cars, light trucks, pickup trucks, crossovers, vans, mini-vans, and sport util­ity ve­hi­cles. Visit the web­site or call for a full list of Set­tling De­fen­dants and ap­pli­ca­ble time pe­ri­ods and to de­ter­mine whether you are in­cluded.

What do the Set­tle­ments pro­vide?

The Set­tle­ments, to­tal­ing $379,401,268, are be­ing pre­sented to the Court for ap­proval. The Court pre­vi­ously ap­proved set­tle­ments, to­tal­ing $224,668,350. The Set­tle­ment Funds (mi­nus ex­penses, at­tor­ney fees, and other costs) will be used to pay con­sumers and busi­nesses in 30 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia. The Set­tle­ments also in­clude non-mone­tary re­lief, in­clud­ing co­op­er­a­tion, and agree­ments by cer­tain Set­tling De­fen­dants not to en­gage in cer­tain con­duct for a pe­riod of 24 months.

The 30 states are: Ari­zona, Arkansas, Cal­i­for­nia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mas­sachusetts, Michi­gan, Min­nesota, Mis­sis­sippi, Mis­souri, Mon­tana, Ne­braska, Ne­vada, New Hamp­shire, New Mex­ico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ore­gon, Rhode Is­land, South Carolina, South Dakota, Ten­nessee, Utah, Ver­mont, West Vir­ginia, and Wis­con­sin.

How can I get a pay­ment?

You must submit a Claim Form on­line or by mail. There is no dead­line yet to submit a claim. You can get a Claim Form at the web­site or by calling the toll-free num­ber below. At this time, it is un­known how much each Class mem­ber who sub­mits a valid claim will re­ceive. Pay­ments will be based on a Plan of Al­lo­ca­tion, which is avail­able for re­view at the web­site.

What are my rights?

Even if you do noth­ing, you will be bound by the Court’s de­ci­sions. If you want to keep your right to sue, you must ex­clude your­self by March 16, 2017. If you do not ex­clude your­self, you may ob­ject to one or more of the Set­tle­ments ap­pli­ca­ble to the Set­tle­ment Class in which you re­main by March 16, 2017.

The Court will hold a hear­ing on April 19, 2017 to con­sider whether to ap­prove the Set­tle­ments. Set­tle­ment Class Coun­sel may also re­quest re­im­burse­ment of costs and ex­penses as well as at­tor­neys’ fees of up to 27.5% of the Set­tle­ment Funds (mi­nus costs and ex­penses). You or your own lawyer may ap­pear and speak at the hear­ing at your own ex­pense.

For More In­for­ma­tion or to Reg­is­ter: 1-877-940-5043 www.Au­toPart­sClass.com

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