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The Detailed Notice has been posted to this Settlement Website relating to a class action brought against Defendant relating to a Data Incident that occurred on or about November 18, 2020, in which Plaintiff alleges involved a compromise of the personally identifiable information of Defendant’s current and former employees, including, but not limited to, exposure of names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, passport numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card information, bank account information, and/or medical or insurance information.
The Court approved this Settlement Website because Class Members have a right to know about the proposed class action settlement, and about their options, before the Court decides whether to approve the settlement. This website explains the lawsuit, the settlement, Class Members’ legal rights, what benefits are available, and how to claim those benefits.
The Court in charge of the case is the Third Judicial District Court for Salt Lake County, State of Utah, and the case is known as Curtis v. Citywide Home Loans, LLC. The person who sued is called the Plaintiff, and the company she sued is called the Defendant.
The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiff or the Defendant. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement. The Plaintiff has the duty to act in the best interests of the Settlement Class as a whole and, in this case, it is her belief, as well as Class Counsel’s opinion, that this settlement is in the best interest of all Class Members for at least the following reasons:
There is legal uncertainty about whether a judge or a jury will find that Defendant is legally responsible, whether this case could proceed as a class action if litigated, whether Plaintiff would be able to prove causation and damages at trial, and whether any verdict would withstand appeal, which might result in Class Members receiving no recovery, or a substantially smaller recovery than that being offered here. Even if the Plaintiff were to win at trial, there is no assurance that the Class Members would be awarded more than the current settlement provides, and it may take years of litigation before any payments would be made. By settling, the Class Members will avoid these and other risks and the delays associated with continued litigation in exchange for access to guaranteed benefits now.
While Defendant disputes Plaintiff’s claims, it has agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the costs, distractions, and risks of litigation. Thus, even though Defendant denies that it did anything improper, it believes settlement is in the best interests of all the Parties. The Court will evaluate the settlement to determine whether it is fair, reasonable, and adequate before it approves the settlement.
If the Detailed Notice is addressed to you, then you are a member of the Settlement Class, you will be a part of the settlement unless you exclude yourself. If you are not sure whether you have been properly included, you can call 1-833-747-6367.
The settlement provides for a number of benefits, and Class Members can claim as many of the benefits to which they are entitled.
First, Class Members may submit a Claim Form to receive, at no cost, two years of Kroll credit monitoring and Identity Theft Protection Services (including $1,000,000 in identity theft insurance).
Second, Class Members who suffered Economic Losses or Lost Time related to the Data Incident may submit a Claim Form for a cash reimbursement. Defendant will pay valid claims for Economic Losses (up to $5,000.00) and Lost Time (up to $200.00) that a Class Member experienced attributable to the Data Incident. These categories are explained in detail on the Claim Form. If all valid claims exceed $1,225,000.00, payments will be reduced pro rata.
To receive any of the cash benefits or the two years of Identity Theft Protection Services available from the settlement, you must submit a claim using the Claim Form, which may be obtained here or by calling 1-833-747-6367.
In addition to these benefits, Defendant has agreed to pay for the costs of notice and settlement administration, attorneys’ fees and expenses approved by the Court up to $575,000.00, and a service award to Plaintiff approved by the Court of up to $2,500.00, all in addition to the other benefits described above.
Unless you exclude yourself, you are staying in the Settlement Class, and that means you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant relating to the legal claims in this case. It also means that all of the Court’s orders will apply to you. Once the settlement is final, your claims relating to this case will be released.
To exclude yourself from this settlement, you must send a letter by mail saying that you want to opt-out or be excluded from Curtis v. Citywide Home Loans, LLC. The letter must include your name, address, telephone number, and your signature. You must mail your exclusion request postmarked no later than July 10, 2023 to:
You cannot exclude yourself on the phone or by e-mail. If you ask to be excluded, you will not get any settlement benefits, and you cannot object to the settlement. You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit.
Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees and expenses of up to $575,000.00, and service awards to the Plaintiff for $2,500.00, all to be paid by the Defendant, subject to Court approval, separate from, and in addition to, the benefits offered to Class Members under the settlement.
You can tell the Court that you don’t agree with the settlement or some part of it.
If you’re a Class Member, you can object to the settlement if you don’t like any part of it. To object, you must send a letter to the Settlement Administrator saying that you object to the settlement, or part of it, in Curtis v. Citywide Home Loans, LLC. To have your objection considered by the Court, you also must file your objection with the Clerk of the Court (identified below). You must state the reasons for your objection and include any evidence, briefs, motions or other materials you intend to offer in support of the objection. You must include your name, address, telephone number, your signature, and the reasons you object to the settlement, along with any materials in support of your arguments. If you intend to appear at the Final Approval Hearing either yourself or by a lawyer, you must also state your intention to appear. You must mail the objection to the Settlement Administrator at the following address no later than July 10, 2023:
Curtis v. Citywide Objections
450 South State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1860
Objecting is simply telling the Court that you don’t like something about the settlement. You can object only if you stay in the settlement. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you don’t want to be part of the settlement. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because this case no longer affects you.
The Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlement. You do not need to attend, but you are welcome to do so, if you choose.
The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing via video conference at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Time on August 25, 2023 at Matheson Courthouse 450 South State St., Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1860 (please check the Settlement Website for updates on the hearing). At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing and complied with FAQ 18 of this Settlement Website. The Court may also decide how much to pay Class Counsel and the Plaintiff. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement. We do not know how long these decisions will take.