Important Update: The Court granted Final Approval of the Settlement at the Fairness Hearing on February 26, 2020.
What is this lawsuit about?
Plaintiffs Sheila Linderman and Charles Mayrsohn ("Representative Plaintiffs") filed a lawsuit against the City on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated. The lawsuits allege the City overcharged individuals for the initiation and renewals of alarm permit fees in violation of various statutes and the California Constitution.
The City denies each and every one of the allegations of unlawful conduct, any wrongdoing, and any liability whatsoever, and no court or other entity has made any judgement or other determination of any liability. The City further denies that any Class Member is entitled to any relief and, other than for settlement purposes, that this Action is appropriate for certification as a class action.
This is not an expression of the Court's opinion on the merits or the lack of merits of the Representative Plaintiffs' claims in the Action.
How do I know if I am a part of the Settlement?
The Court has decided that everyone who fits this description is a Class Member for purposes of the proposed Settlement: all persons and entities who, between the period of August 15, 2015 and October 1, 2019, paid an Alarm Permit Fee under LAMC Section 103.12 to the City. Specifically excluded from the Class are: (a) council members of the City, the mayor of the City, and Commissioners of the City's Police Commission; (b) any judge assigned to hear this Action; (c) any persons or entities who properly exclude themselves from the Class as provided in this Agreement and are not Class Members.
If you received notice of this Settlement via a postcard in the mail, the City's records show that you are a member of the Class.