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Victim Services Unlawful Bad Check Fees Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves a class action against National Corrective Group, Inc., Victim Services, Inc., American Justice Solution, Inc., Birch Grove Holdings, Inc., Mats Jonsson, and Karl Thomas Jonsson. The complaint claims that these defendants use of a California District Attorney letterhead and charges of certain fees, in connection with bounced checks, violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL).

Also at issue is whether this constituted negligent or fraudulent misrepresentation. The complaint also alleged the companies charged unlawful fees, falsely threatened the writers of the bad checks with prosecution, and did not include in its letters the items required by the FDCPA.

Docket Number:

3:14‐cv‐05266‐VC

Company: National Corrective Group, Inc.

Filing Deadline: July 9, 2021

Class Period: September 1, 2011 to May 7, 2015

Objection Deadline: July 9, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: July 9, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: August 5, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

The Claim Form does not ask for proof. Presumably the defendants’ records will be used for verification. You can look up the amount you paid in fees in the lookup at the website, at https://secure.checkdiversionclassaction.com/FeePaymentLookup.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you belong to either of the classes below:

UCL Class: All persons in California to whom any of the defendants in this case sent an initial collection demand letter on the letterhead of a California district attorney about a returned check and participation in a Bad Check Restitution Program, between September 1, 2011 and May 7, 2015, and who paid any fees to the defendants in answer to this letter.

FDCPA Class: All persons in California to whom the defendants in this case sent an initial collection demand letter on the letterhead of a California district attorney about a returned check written for personal, family, or household purposes and participation in a Bad Check Restitution Program, from whom the defendants collected or tried to collect money for checks, between December 1, 2013 and May 7, 2015. You do not have to have paid money to the defendants.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Awards for UCL Class members depend on the amount of fees you paid to the defendants, the total number of valid claims received. This amount does not include the amount of the original bounced check. Those who made larger payments will receive more, although it is unlikely that you will receive the full amount that you paid out. Awards for FDCPA Class members will be an equal share of a $20,000 portion of the fund, in addition to any award based on fees you paid to the defendants.

Total Settlement Amount: $1,100,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$3,000

Law Firms:
Gupta Wessler PLLC
Morgan & Morgan
Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC

Claim Form: Victim Services Unlawful Bad Check Fees Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Solberg et al. v. Victim Services, Inc., et al.

Settlement Website: Victim Services Unlawful Bad Check Fees Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
JND Legal Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Check Diversion Class Action
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91400
Seattle, WA 98111
info@CheckDiversionClassAction.com

Tags: Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Negligent Misrepresentation, Unlawful Debt Collection, Unlawful Fees