National Geographic : 2007 Aug
Legal Notice If You Are a Licensed Driver Or Own a Motor Vehicle A Proposed Class Action Settlement May Affect Your Rights Poro Una Notificocionen Esponol, Llamar o Visitor Nuestro Website There is a Proposed Settlement in a class action lawsuit, Fresco, et al. v. Automotive Directions, Inc., et al., Case No. 03-61063-CIV-MARTINEZ, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Proposed Settlement affects a "Class", or group, of people that may include you. This notice is just a summary of your rights. To get complete information you should visit www.DPPAsettlement.com or call 1-888-279- 4224. What Is the Case About? The people who filed this lawsuit, the plaintiffs, claim that the Settling Defendants knowingly obtained, used or disclosed personal information from motor vehicle records in violation of a federal law, the Driver's Privacy Protection Act ("DPPA"). The companies that were sued, the Settling Defendants, don't think they did anything wrong. They agreed to the Proposed Settlement to avoid the further expense, inconvenience, and burden of this litigation. Who Is Involved? The Class includes all persons whose Personal Information or Highly Restricted Personal Information (as those terms are defined by the DPPA) was obtained, used or disclosed by any of the Settling Defendants from April 1, 1998 through the date that the Court approves the Final Judgment. Settling Defendants are: Automotive Directions, Inc.; ChoicePoint Inc.; ChoicePoint Precision Marketing Inc.; ChoicePoint Public Records Inc.; ChoicePoint Services Inc.; eFunds Corporation; Experian Information Solutions, Inc.; KnowX LLC; Reed Elsevier Inc.; and Seisint, Inc. Two other Defendants in the lawsuit, Acxiom Corporation and R.L. Polk & Co., have not agreed to this Proposed Settlement. The lawsuit will continue against these Defendants. What Does the Proposed Settlement Provide? The relief provided is injunctive. This means that the Settling Defendants have agreed to design, implement and maintain specific and substantial procedures to enhance compliance with the DPPA when they obtain, use or disclose information regulated by the DPPA. There will be no monetary recovery for Class Members. However, if you have actual money damages, you can file a lawsuit on your own. Who Represents Me? The Court has appointed attorneys to represent the Class. Class Counsel will request that the Court award attorneys' fees and expenses in an amount not to exceed $25 million. You may hire your own attorney, if you wish. However, you will be responsible for your attorney's fees and expenses. What Are My Legal Rights? If the Court approves the Proposed Settlement, you will be bound by the Court's decisions. You will not be able to sue the Settling Defendants for the claims that were made in this lawsuit, including claims for statutory liquidated damages. But you will be able to sue for actual money damages in an individual lawsuit. For full information about the rights you are giving up, please read the Notice of ProposedClass Action Settlement. You can tell the Court if you do not like the Proposed Settlement. To object or comment, you must send a letter that is mailed and postmarked no later than September 25, 2007, as outlined in the Notice of ProposedClass Action Settlement. Will the Court Approve the Proposed Settlement? The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on October 24, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. to consider whether the Proposed Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and the motion for attorneys' fees and expenses. If comments or objections have been received, the Court will consider them at this time. For complete information on the Proposed Settlement, and to get a copy of the Notice ofProposed Class Action Settlement, Call: 1-888-279-4224, Visit: www.DPPAsettlement.com, Or Write: DPPA Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 296, Minneapolis, MN 55440-0296.