EXCLUDING YOURSELF FROM THE CLASS
How do I get out of the Class?
If you do not want to participate in this Class Action, or if you want to keep the right to sue Defendants on your own about the legal issues in this case, then you must take steps to exclude yourself – sometimes referred to as “opting out” of the Class.
To exclude yourself from the Class, you must send a letter by first class mail or electronic mail (telephone requests will not be valid) stating that you want to be excluded from the Joseph Johnson et al. v. City of East Point et al. Class. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and your signature. All requests for exclusion must be submitted individually and signed. No group, class or representative requests for exclusion will be accepted. Your exclusion request must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2018 and mailed via first class mail or email to:
For First Class Mail:
HURT STOLZ, P.C.
ATTN: Johnson v. City of East Point Exclusions
345 West Hancock Avenue
Athens, Georgia 30601
For electronic mail (email): firstname.lastname@example.org
If you ask to be excluded, you will not get any potential future settlement payment, and you cannot object to any potential future settlement. You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit. You may be able to sue (or continue to sue) Defendants in the future.
If I do not exclude myself, can I sue Defendants for the same thing later?
No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right to sue Defendants for the claims that this Class Action resolves. If you have a pending lawsuit against Defendants for the claims made the basis of this Class Action, speak to your lawyer in that case immediately. You must exclude yourself from this Class to continue your own lawsuit.
Remember, the exclusion deadline is March 20, 2018.
If I exclude myself, can I get money from any potential settlement in this class action?
No. If you exclude yourself, you will not and cannot receive a payment from any potential settlement. But you may sue, continue to sue, or be part of a different lawsuit against Defendants.