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You must file a Claim Form, postmarked by September 6, 2017 to be included in this Class Action Settlement.

This is a proposed Settlement of a Class Action lawsuit. The City of New York has agreed to pay up to $150 dollars per incident to people who were issued a summons without probable cause that was later dismissed for legal or facial insufficiency.

For purposes of payment pursuant to the settlement, the Settlement Class includes individuals who received a Criminal Court Summons by an NYPD officer, whose summons was dismissed by the court for facial or legal insufficiency and lacked probable cause from the start of the class period, May 25, 2007, through January 25, 2017.

The Settlement would entitle each Class Member to a pro rata share of the $75 Million Class Fund (after payment of up to $1.5 Million for administrative costs, service awards to the Named Plaintiffs; and $18.5 Million towards attorneys’ fees and costs).

You are entitled to recover for each summons that you received on different dates and/or times. However, if you received multiple summonses at the same time, you are only entitled to recover once. The amount Class Members receive depends on how many people file valid Claim Forms, however, in no instance will any Class Member be compensated in an amount greater than $150 per summons.

***Please note that other than the reason for your summons dismissal, we do not have any other specific information regarding the summons which was issued to you. If you would like more information, please visit the criminal court in the county where you received the summons.***

Your rights and options in this Settlement are as follows:

1. Submit a Claim Form. The only way to get a payment. By submitting a Claim Form, you give up your legal right to bring further claims against the Defendants about the summonses issued to you for which you are claiming payment. Claim Forms must be Postmarked By: September 6, 2017. A completed Claim Form will have your name, date of birth, address, social security number or ITIN (if any), Medicare Number, and phone (if any) on all requests to the Administrator.

Fill out and mail a completed Claim Form by September 6, 2017 to be eligible for any payment.

If you have a summons number and claimant ID from your notice, click HERE to file online.

If you do not have a claimant ID or need a Claim Form, click HERE to download a form. Complete the form and mail it to:

Stinson v City of New York 

c/o Rust Consulting, Inc. 

PO BOX 2574 FARIBAULT, MN 55021-9574

2. Exclude yourself from the Settlement. Get no payment from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to ever be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendant(s) about the summons(es) in this case. To ask to be excluded from the Settlement, click HERE to follow the exclusion procedures or click HERE to view page 5, Section VI of the Long Form Notice. Exclusion must be Postmarked By: April 24, 2017

3. Object to the Settlement. Remain a Class Member but write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. You must still submit a Claim Form if you wish to object. To object to the Settlement, click HERE to follow the objection procedures. Objections must be Postmarked By: April 24, 2017

4. Go to the Fairness Hearing. You or your own lawyer may appear and speak at the hearing at your own expense. The Fairness hearing is on May 24, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York, Courtroom 18C on May 24, 2017 at 12:00pm

5. Do Nothing. Get no payment and give up all rights to sue the Defendants on these claims.

This is only a Summary of the proposed Settlement. For additional information call 1-877-552-1290 or email


Please do not contact the court. Should you have any questions concerning the notice, the action, the proposed settlement or the final fairness hearing, please refer to the frequently asked questions page of this site or call 1-877-552-1290 or email 

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