If you were involved in a motor vehicle collision between September 1, 2013 and June 23, 2017, in the State of Washington, you may be a member of the Class entitled to benefits under this Proposed Class Action Settlement if Swapp Law purchased your Police Traffic Collision Report
Last Day To “Opt-Out” Of The Class — March 9, 2020
Last Day To Object To The Settlement — March 9, 2020
Final Approval Hearing — April 29, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in the State of Washington, the Final Approval Hearing of the Settlement, the Motion for Attorney Fees, and the Motion for Service Fee Award, currently set for April 29, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. PT, will take place by telephone.
Class Member Call in Number: 1-888-363-4749
Access Code: 4939688 #
The COURT has ORDERED that Persons on the phone MUST MUTE THEIR PHONES and NO RECORDING OR REBROADCASTING IS PERMITTED.
Please dial in 5 minutes prior to the start time of the hearing.
Any class member who calls the provided telephone number and joins the conference call will be muted, and thus unable to make a statement during the hearing unless prior arrangements are made.
Any class member who would like to speak to the Court during the telephonic hearing must contact Courtroom Deputy Penny Lamb no later than Monday, April 27, 2020, at (509) 458-5263. Ms. Lamb will provide a separate telephone number to class members who want to speak at the hearing.
- The lawsuit alleges that Swapp Law, PLLC, and James Craig Swapp purchased thousands of Police Traffic Collision Reports (“PTCRs”) from the Washington State Patrol for the purpose of marketing legal services, and that this practice violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. § 2721 et seq.
- The Court has determined that this lawsuit can proceed as a class action on behalf of all drivers identified in PTCRs whose Personal Information in such PTCR was derived from a Washington Department of Licensing record and the report was obtained or used by the Swapp Law Firm or Mr. Swapp between September 1, 2013 and June 23, 2017 (the “Class”).
- The parties in this lawsuit have agreed to settle the case. Under the proposed Settlement, Defendants Swapp Law, PLLC, and James Craig Swapp have agreed to pay up to $2,000,000, of which at least $950,000 will be distributed to the Class, plus other prospective and remedial relief.
- The Court has preliminarily approved the Settlement. The Settlement will not become final unless and until the Court issues final approval after a hearing, which is currently scheduled for April 29, 2020. Your legal rights may be affected.
PLEASE READ THE NOTICE CAREFULLY. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE CLASS, THIS SETTLEMENT WILL AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS.
|A SUMMARY OF YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS:|
|If you have already been identified by the parties as a Class Member and you do nothing, you will receive the payment that you may be entitled to receive under the Settlement.|
|If you do not want to participate in the Settlement, you must send a letter requesting exclusion postmarked no later than March 9, 2020, or else you will be bound by the Settlement.|
|If you wish to object to the Settlement or the request for attorneys’ fees and reimbursement of expenses, you must follow the directions in the Notice and submit your objection by March 9, 2020.|
THESE RIGHTS AND OPTIONS, INCLUDING THE DEADLINES BY WHICH TO EXERCISE THEM, ARE EXPLAINED IN THE NOTICE.