Class members are sent a class notice that informs them that a lawsuit was filed and that they have been identified as a class member. The notice could be a letter, postcard, or email and explains why the case has been pursued.
Settlement terms in a class action vary from one matter to another. It is important for class members to read the notice and understand the steps to be taken to participate, Opt Out or be excluded from the matter. Typically, class members are directed to contact class counsel or the claims administrator with any questions about the case. Contact information with addresses, phone numbers and websites are part of the notice.
The class notice will indicate dates that class members must take action. Pay attention to these dates. If a date passes, the class member may lose his or her rights to take a desired action.