Bond v. Cricket Communications, LLC

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is this notice?
  2. What is this lawsuit about?
  3. Why is this a class action?
  4. Why is there a settlement?
  5. How do I know if I am part of the settlement?
  6. Are there exceptions to being included?
  7. If I no longer own my CDMA Cricket phone, am I still included?
  8. What if I am still not sure if I am included in the settlement?
  9. What benefits does the settlement provide?
  10. What are the requirements to receive a benefit?
  11. How do I submit a claim?
  12. When would I receive my benefits?
  13. How do I opt out of the settlement?
  14. If I do not exclude myself, can I sue Cricket or its affiliates for the same thing later?
  15. If I exclude myself, can I get benefits from the settlement?
  16. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
  17. How will the lawyers be paid?
  18. How can I object to the settlement and/or Class Counsel’s fee and expense request?
  19. What is the difference between objecting and excluding?
  20. When and where will the Court decide to approve the settlement?
  21. Do I have to come to the hearing?
  22. May I speak at the hearing?
  23. What happens if I do nothing at all?
  24. Are there more details about the settlement?
  25. How do I get more information?
  1. What is this notice?

    The purpose of this notice is to provide you with information about the proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit, and about your options, before the Court decides whether to approve the settlement.

    This notice explains the lawsuit, the settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, who is eligible for them, and how to get them.

    The Court in charge of the case is the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the case is known as Bond v. Cricket Communications, LLC, Case No. 1:15-cv-00923-MJG. The person who sued is called a plaintiff, and the company the Plaintiff sued, Cricket Communications, LLC, is called a defendant.

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  2. What is this lawsuit about?

    The Plaintiff in this class action lawsuit alleges that Cricket sold phones that it knew would not be usable on its new network after it merged with AT&T. The Plaintiff alleges that this conduct violated the federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act and state warranty law, the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and other state consumer protection laws, and constituted fraudulent concealment, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, and fraud under state law. Cricket denies any wrongdoing or liability and denies the allegations.

    The current version of the Complaint filed in this case, available here, contains more detail, including a list of the legal claims alleged. Cricket denies all allegations and is entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.

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  3. Why is this a class action?

    In a class action, one or more people, called class representatives, sue on behalf of people who have similar claims. All these people are "Class" or "Settlement Class Members." One court resolves the issues for all Settlement Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.

    The Plaintiff in this lawsuit is Tim Bond.  If the Court approves the settlement, Mr. Bond will become the Class Representative.

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  4. Why is there a settlement?

    The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiff or the Defendant. Instead, the parties have agreed to settle the case. That way, they avoid the costs and risks associated with further legal proceedings. The Plaintiff and his attorneys (called "Class Counsel") believe that the settlement is in the best interests of the Settlement Class Members.

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  5. How do I know if I am part of the settlement?

    For the purposes of this Settlement, the Court has decided that everyone who fits the following description is a "Settlement Class Member":

    all persons nationwide during the period July 12, 2013 to July 9, 2018, who purchased a CDMA phone from Cricket or through its authorized agents.

    You likely would have purchased such a phone between July 12, 2013, and August 6, 2015.

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  6. Are there exceptions to being included?

    The Class does not include:

    Cricket, any entity in which Cricket has a controlling interest or which has a controlling interest in Cricket, or a legal representative, predecessor, successor, or assign of Cricket.

    Also excluded are all persons who validly request exclusion from the settlement.

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  7. If I no longer own my CDMA Cricket phone, am I still included?

    Yes. You may still claim a benefit if you no longer own your Qualifying Cricket CDMA phone, but you have satisfactory proof of purchase of that phone, including record of the International Mobile Equipment Identity number ("IMEI"), Mobile Equipment Identifier ("MEID") number, or Electronic Serial Number ("ESN") number of that phone. These numbers may appear on the original box that contained your phone, on your original receipt or on the phone itself.  More detailed instructions for locating the IMEI, MEID, or ESN number on your phone can be found here.

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  8. What if I am still not sure if I am included in the settlement?

    If you are still not sure whether you are included, you may contact the Settlement Administrator by calling 1-855-505-1416 or writing to:

    CDMA Settlement Administrator

    PO BOX 404000

    Louisville, KY 40233-4000

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  9. What benefits does the settlement provide?

    In connection with the settlement, Cricket has agreed to provide one of the following three benefits, per Qualifying Cricket CDMA Phone, at the option of the claiming Settlement Class Member:

    • The Unlock Benefit. Cricket would unlock any Qualifying Cricket CDMA Phone of the Settlement Class Member; or

    • The Data Benefit. Following notice from the Claims Administrator that his claim has been approved, a former customer may port his existing wireless number onto a new line of Cricket Service (and a current customer may port or add a new line to his existing Cricket Service), without paying an activation fee, and receive 1 Gigabyte of additional free high-speed data after maintaining one month of Service with Cricket on that new line; or

    • The Four Month Data Benefit. Following notice from the Claims Administrator that a claimant’s claim has been approved, and after maintaining one month of subsequent Service on either an existing or new line of Cricket Service, a Settlement Class Member may receive 1 Gigabyte of additional free high-speed data for up to four subsequent consecutive months of timely prepaid Service.

    A Settlement Class Member who elects to activate a new line to obtain either the Data Benefit or Four Month Data Benefit must do so through a website or toll-free number specifically designated by Cricket.

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  10. What are the requirements to receive a benefit?

    To receive a benefit, you must have purchased a Qualifying Cricket CDMA Phone from Cricket, or Cricket’s authorized agents, between July 12, 2013 and July 9, 2018, and submit a valid Claim Form. For information about how to submit a Claim Form, please see Frequently Asked Question 11.

    Settlement Class Members may submit one Claim Form for each Qualifying Cricket CDMA Phone they purchased from Cricket, or through its authorized agents, during the period between July 12, 2013 through July 9, 2018.

    

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  11. How do I submit a claim?

    To receive the Unlock Benefit, the Data Benefit, or the Four Month Data Benefit, you must submit a valid Claim Form. Only eligible persons will receive benefits. Claim Forms can be submitted here or by mail.

    If you received an email or postcard notice of this settlement, and you still have that email or postcard, you can use the claim number provided on the email or postcard and submit a Claim Form here. Otherwise, you can submit a Claim Form here.

    If you prefer, you may download and print a Claim Form from this website. Once you print the Claim Form, fill it out, and mail it (at your own expense) to the Settlement Administrator at CDMA Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 404000, Louisville, KY 4-233-4000.

    You must read the instructions included in the Claim Form carefully and fill out the Claim Form as directed. If you submit a Claim Form by mail you will need to sign the Claim Form.

    Claim Forms submitted online must be submitted by no later than 11:59 pm Pacific on February 4, 2019. Claim Forms submitted by mail must be postmarked by no later than February 4, 2019. If you fail to submit a Claim Form by the deadline, your claim may be rejected, and you may be deemed to have waived all rights to receive benefits.

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  12. When would I receive my benefits?

    The Court will hold a hearing on November 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, to decide whether to approve the settlement. If the Court approves the settlement, eligible Settlement Class Members will be sent instructions for how to redeem the benefit they have selected. There is the possibility that a class member appeals the settlement. The appeal process can take time, please be patient.

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  13. How do I opt out of the settlement?

    You can exclude yourself (or "opt out") of the settlement. To exclude yourself, you must send a letter that clearly states your intent to exclude yourself from the settlement. Be sure to include:

    • your name;

    • your address;

    • your telephone number;

    • a statement that you want to exclude yourself from the settlement;

    • your signature; and

    • reference the case name Bond v. Cricket Communications, LLC, Case No. 1:15-cv-00923-MJG.

    To be valid, your exclusion request must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2018 and sent to:

    CDMA Settlement Administrator

    P.O. Box 404000

    Louisville, KY 40233-4000

    You cannot exclude yourself on the phone or by fax or e-mail. If you ask to be excluded from the settlement, you will not receive a benefit and you cannot object to the settlement, but you preserve any right you may have to sue (or continue to sue) Cricket or its affiliates about the legal issues in this case.

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  14. If I do not exclude myself, can I sue Cricket or its affiliates for the same thing later?

    No. Unless you exclude yourself from the settlement, you give up any right you may have to sue Cricket or its affiliates about the legal issues in this case.

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  15. If I exclude myself, can I get benefits from the settlement?

    No. If you exclude yourself from the settlement, you will not receive a benefit.

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  16. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    The Court has appointed the following lawyers to represent you in this case:

    Cory L. Zajdel

    Z Law, LLC

    2345 York Road, Suite B-13

    Timonium, MD 21093

    Oren Giskan

    Catherine Anderson

    Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP

    217 Centre Street

    New York, NY 10013

     

    Together, these lawyers are called Class Counsel. You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

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  17. How will the lawyers be paid?

    Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees and expenses of up to $300,000, and will also request a service award payment for the Class Representative in the amount of $3,500. A copy of Class Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees and expenses will be posted on the Case Documents page of this website when it is filed. The Court will determine the proper amount of attorneys’ fees and expenses to award Class Counsel and the proper amount for a service award payment to the Class Representative. Cricket will pay the amounts awarded by the Court in addition to making the benefits available to the Class.

    

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  18. How can I object to the settlement and/or Class Counsel’s fee and expense request?

    If you’re a Settlement Class Member and don’t exclude yourself, you can object to the settlement if you don’t like any part of it. You can also object to Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and expenses and/or to the service award for the Class Representative.

    The Court will consider your views. To object, you must send a letter saying that you object to the settlement, Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and expenses, and/or the requested service award for the Class Representative in Bond v. Cricket Communications, LLC, Case No. 1:15-cv-00923-MJG. To be valid, your objection must include: your name, address, and telephone number; your signature; a statement that you are a member of the Class and an explanation of the basis upon which you claim to be a member of the Class; all the reasons for your objection; and the identity of all counsel, if any, who represent you. The objection and any supporting papers must be mailed to the following two addressees, postmarked no later than October 9, 2018:

    COURT

    Clerk of the Court

    United States District Court Maryland

    101 West Lombard Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR

    CDMA Settlement Administrator

    PO BOX 404000

    Louisville, KY 40233-4000

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  19. What is the difference between objecting and excluding?

    Objecting is simply telling the Court that you don’t like something about the settlement, the request for attorneys’ fees and expenses, and/or the request for service award. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you don’t want to be part of the settlement. If you exclude yourself from the settlement, you cannot object to it.

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  20. When and where will the Court decide to approve the settlement?

    The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on November 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm Eastern at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 101 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, in Courtroom 7A. 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. The Court may also consider how much to award Class Counsel in attorneys’ fees and expenses and the amount of a service award for the Class Representative. At or after the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement. We do not know how long these decisions will take.

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  21. Do I have to come to the hearing?

    No. Class Counsel will answer questions that the Court may have. But, you are welcome to come at your own expense. If you send an objection, you don’t have to come to Court to talk about it.

    As long as your written objection was postmarked no later than October 9, 2018 and meets the other criteria explained in frequently asked question 18, the Court will consider it. You may also pay your own lawyer to attend, but it’s not necessary.

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  22. May I speak at the hearing?

    You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Final Approval Hearing. To do so, you must send a letter saying that you intend to appear and speak at the Final Approval Hearing in "Bond v. Cricket Communications, LLC, Case No. 1:15-cv-00923-MJG." Be sure to include this case name and number, your name, address, and telephone number, your signature, and the identity of any lawyers, if any, who will appear on your behalf. Your letter of intent to appear and speak must be mailed to the Clerk of the Court and the Settlement Administrator, at the following addresses:

    COURT

    Clerk of the Court

    United States District Court Maryland

    101 West Lombard Street

    Baltimore, MD 21201

    SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR

    CDMA Settlement Administrator

    PO BOX 404000

    Louisville, KY 40233-4000

    and must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2018. You cannot speak at the Final Approval Hearing if you exclude yourself from the settlement.

    

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  23. What happens if I do nothing at all?

    If you do nothing, you will not receive a benefit. If you don’t exclude yourself from the settlement, you won’t be able to start a lawsuit, continue with a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against Cricket or its affiliates about the legal issues in this case.

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  24. Are there more details about the settlement?

    The notice summarizes the proposed settlement. More details are in the Settlement Agreement, a copy of which is available here. Also, a copy of the Settlement Agreement and the other documents relating to the case are on file at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and may be examined and copied at any time during regular office hours at the Office of the Clerk, 101 West Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

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  25. How do I get more information?

    You may contact the Settlement Administrator by calling 1-855-505-1416 or writing to:

    CDMA Settlement Administrator

    PO BOX 404000

    Louisville, KY 40233-4000

    or you may contact Class Counsel, as identified in Frequently Asked Question 16.

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