The Court will hold a “Fairness Hearing” (also known as a “Final Approval Hearing”) to decide whether to finally approve the proposed Settlement. The Fairness Hearing will be on July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. (Pacific time) before Judge Ricardo S. Martinez at Courtroom 13206 of the United Stated District Court for the Western District of Washington, 700 Stewart Street (13th Floor), Seattle, Washington. If you want to attend the Fairness Hearing, keep in mind that the date and/or time may be changed after the Notice is sent, so you should check this website before making travel plans.
At the Fairness Hearing, the Court will consider whether the proposed Settlement and all of its terms are adequate, fair, and reasonable. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court may listen to people who have asked for permission to speak at the Hearing and have complied with the other requirements for objections explained in Question 17. The Court may also decide how much to award Class Counsel for fees and expenses, and whether and how much to award the Class Representative for representing the Class (the Incentive Award).
There is no set timeline for either the Court’s final approval decision, or for any appeals that may be brought from that decision, so it is impossible to know exactly when the settlement will become final.
The Court may change deadlines listed in the Notice without further notice to the Class. To keep up on any changes in the deadlines, please contact the Settlement Administrator or review the website.