Shaheen v. City of Belmont

NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE, SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION

Case No. 17-CVS-3924

If you paid Impact Fees or System Development Fees to the City of Belmont (“City”) on or between October 10, 2014 and June 30, 2018, then you may be eligible to receive benefits from a class action settlement

The Notice informs you of a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit, based on allegations that the City unlawfully collected water and sewer “Impact Fees” or “System Development Fees”, as defined in section 2 below, in addition to regular fees, in order to retain funds for use on future projects and development. The settlement resolves the lawsuit. The City denies that it did anything wrong or unlawful and denies any liability to Plaintiffs and to the members of the Settlement Class.

You will need to file a Claim Form in order to qualify for benefits under the Settlement.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act. Read the Notice carefully.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM BY SEPTEMBER 17, 2019

This is the only way to receive benefits.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF BY APRIL 20, 2019

Request to be excluded and get no benefits from the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to start or continue your own lawsuit against the City for any claims you might have that would otherwise be subject to the Release contained in the Settlement. The City will not have waived any defense it may have to any such lawsuit.

OBJECT BY
APRIL 20, 2019

Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement or why you think the Settlement is unfair, inadequate or unreasonable or should not be approved.

GO TO A HEARING

Ask to speak in Court about the Settlement and whether it should be approved. The Court’s Final Hearing is scheduled for May 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

DO NOTHING

Get no benefits. Give up any rights you might have to ever sue the City about the legal claims in this case and resolved by the Settlement.



The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Benefits will be provided to eligible participants only if the Court approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.

Your rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice. The deadlines may be moved, canceled, or otherwise modified, so please check back to this settlement website regularly for updates and further details.

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