Unless you excluded yourself, you are staying in the Class, and that means that you can’t sue or be part of any other lawsuit against State Farm over the legal claims in this case. It also means that all of the Court’s orders will apply to you and legally bind you.
If you submit a Claim Form, or simply stay in the Class and did not exclude yourself, you will agree to “release and discharge” all “Released Persons” of all “Released Claims.” You may view a full copy of the Settlement Agreement on the Important Documents page, which provides more information.
Here is the definition of “Released Claims” and “Released Persons” in the Settlement:
“Released Claims” means and includes any and all past, present and future claims arising from or in any way related to depreciation of any kind on claims within the class period (including, but not limited to, calculation, deduction, determination, inclusion, modification, omission, and/or withholding of depreciation), whether known or unknown, and that were asserted or could have been asserted herein to the full extent of res judicata protection. This release is not intended to prevent an individual Class Member from seeking and potentially recovering any RCBs that may still remain available under the terms of his or her Policy. Additionally, Released Claims do not include any claim for enforcement of this Stipulation of Settlement and/or the Final Judgment.
“Released Persons” means, individually and collectively, (i) State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, and all of the past and present divisions, parent entities, associated entities, affiliates, partners, and subsidiaries; and (ii) all past and present officers, directors, shareholders, agents, attorneys, employees, stockholders, successors, assigns, independent contractors, and legal representatives of the entities set forth in (i). The Released Claims extend only to claims arising under insurance policies issued by the Defendant.