Linderman v. City of Los Angeles
City of Los Angeles Alarm Permit Settlement
BC650785

Welcome to the City of Los Angeles Alarm Permit Settlement Website

IF YOU PAID AN ALARM PERMIT FEE TO THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES BETWEEN THE PERIOD OF AUGUST 15, 2015 AND OCTOBER 1, 2019, THEN YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE BENEFITS FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT.

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.

Your Legal Rights and Options

Option and Deadline
Description
Do Nothing If you received direct notice of this settlement via postcard, you do not need to do anything in order to receive a settlement benefit, but you will also give up your right to object to the Settlement and you will not be able to be part of any other lawsuit about the legal claims in this case.
Opt-Out
by December 20, 2019
(Passed)
If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not receive a benefit under the Settlement.  Excluding yourself is the only option that allows you to bring or maintain your own lawsuit against the City regarding the allegations in the Action ever again.
Object
by December 20, 2019
(Passed)
You may send a written objection explaining why you object to (i.e., don't like) the Settlement and think it shouldn't be approved.  Sending an objection does not exclude you from the Settlement.
Go to the Fairness Hearing
on February 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM
(Approved)
The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing to consider the Settlement, the request for attorneys’ fees and costs of the lawyers who brought the Action, and the Representative Plaintiffs’ request for a service award for bringing the Action.

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Mail

Linderman v. City of Los Angeles
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91341
Seattle, WA 98111