If you are eligible to be a Class Member and choose to join the Class, you will receive any monetary or other benefits obtained from the lawsuit. A judgment in this case will be binding on you, meaning you could not pursue your own separate lawsuit using your own attorney. Similarly, you may be bound by, and can share in, any settlement reached on behalf of the Class. In the event Class Counsel and the United States reach a settlement, you will receive notice of the settlement and you may object to the settlement and be heard by the Court on your objection. In the case of any settlement reached before entry of judgment, Class Counsel may seek to decertify the litigation class and recertify a settlement class, which would allow any Class Members that previously opted in to decide whether to join the settlement class at that time.
Any person or entity who submits a Class Action Opt-In Notice Form to join the Class need not appear in Court in order to participate. If you become a Class Member, your interests will be represented by the Class Representative and Class Counsel. Ultimately, the Court will rule on whether you are entitled to compensation and, if so, the amount of compensation owed to you.
On October 2, 2020, the Court ordered that the deadline to submit a Class Action Opt-In Notice Form be extended until after the current litigation has gone through appeals. The Order is available here. To join the Class, you must submit a Class Action Opt-In Notice Form. The deadline date is to be determined.