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If You Purchased a Bluetooth Headset Manufactured by Motorola, Plantronics or GN Netcom / Jabra, A Proposed Class Action Settlement May Affect Your Rights. Legal Notice This is only a summary of the Proposed Settlement. For complete information: Visit: www.BluetoothHeadsetLitigation.com Call: 1-888-952-9087 Or Write: Bluetooth Class Action Settlement Administrator PO Box 1158, Minneapolis, MN 55440-1158 A Proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit involving Bluetooth headsets manufactured by Motorola, Inc.; Plantronics, Inc.; or GN Netcom, Inc. / Jabra ("Defendants"). What Is the Lawsuit About? The lawsuit claims that Bluetooth headsets manufactured by Defendants create a risk of hearing loss and that Defendants acted wrongfully when they did not warn consumers of the alleged risk. Plaintiffs claim that consumers were misled into buying Bluetooth headsets and paying more than they would have if they knew about the alleged risk. Defendants deny their headsets are unsafe or that they did anything wrong but have agreed to settle the case to avoid the cost of a trial. Am I a Member of the Class? You are a member of the class if you purchased a Bluetooth headset manufactured by Motorola, Plantronics or GN / Jabra in the United States from June 30, 2002 through February 19, 2009. What Does the Settlement Provide? There will be no monetary recovery for Class Members. It is not practical to provide benefits directly to individual Class Members because the Class is very large and the amount each Class Member would receive is very small. However, Defendants will add acoustic safety information to their websites and to the product manuals included with new Bluetooth headsets. Defendants will also donate $100,000 to one or more non-profit organizations that focus on preventing hearing loss. What Are My Options? • Do nothing. If you wish to stay in the Class, you do not need to take any action. • Exclude yourself. You will keep your right to sue,orcontinuetosue,theDefendantsaboutthe claims resolved by this Proposed Settlement. Your written request for exclusion must be received by June 9, 2009. • Object or comment on the Proposed Settlement. If you remain a member of the Class, you may write to the Court about why you don't like the Proposed Settlement or any part of it. You may also request in writing to appear in Court. Your written objection or request for appearance must be received by June 9, 2009. The Court has appointed Counsel to represent everyone in the Class. Counsel will seek an Order from the Court awarding them up to $800,000 in attorneys' fees and up to $50,000 in costs. The Defendants will pay Counsel; there is no cost to you. You can also hire your own attorney at your own cost, if you wish. The Court will decide whether to approve the Proposed Settlement and Counsel's motion for attorneys' fees and costs at a Fairness Hearing on July 6, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Roybal Federal Building, Courtroom 840, 255 East Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.