If you are a Settlement Class Member, unless you exclude yourself, that means that you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit about the legal issues in this case, and all of the decisions and judgments by the Court will bind you.
If you remain a Settlement Class Member, you will be unable to file your own lawsuit involving all of the claims described and identified below, and you will release the Released Parties (as defined in Section 2.27 of the Settlement Agreement) from any liability for them.
Remaining in the Settlement Class means that you, as well as your respective assigns, heirs, executors, administrators, successors and agents, will release, resolve, relinquish and discharge each and all of Released Parties (as defined by Section 2.27 of the Settlement Agreement) from any and all claims, causes of action, suits, obligations, debts, demands, agreements, promises, liabilities, damages, losses, controversies, costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees of any nature whatsoever, whether based on any federal law, state law, common law, territorial law, foreign law, contract, rule, regulation, any regulatory promulgation (including, but not limited to, any opinion or declaratory ruling), common law or equity, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, asserted or unasserted, foreseen or unforeseen, actual or contingent, liquidated or unliquidated, punitive or compensatory, as of the date of the Final Approval Order, that arise out of or relate in any way to Old Filters.
Remaining in the Settlement Class also means that you further agree that you will not institute any action or cause of action (in law, in equity or administratively), suits, debts, liens, or claims, known or unknown, fixed or contingent, which you may have or claim to have, in state or federal court, in arbitration, or with any state, federal or local government agency or with any administrative or advisory body, arising from or reasonably related to the Released Claims.
The Settlement Agreement (available at www.F201WaterFilterSettlement.com) provides more detail regarding the release and describes the Released Claims and the Released Parties with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully. You can talk to the law firms representing the Settlement Class for free or you can, at your own expense, talk to your own lawyer if you have any questions about the Released Parties or the Released Claims or what they mean.
The release does not apply to Settlement Class Members who timely exclude themselves from the Settlement.