LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP and Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. regarding the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. "Camel Cash" Litigation:
United States District Court
Central District of California
Amanda Sateriale, et al. v. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al., Civil No. 2:09-cv-08394 CAS(SSx)
If you were a person in California who, as an adult smoker, was assigned a registration number by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, collected Camel Cash "C-Notes" and held C-Notes as of October 1, 2006, you could be a member of a Class Action.
A class has been certified by the Court in the above-referenced action. Complete information regarding the Class Action Lawsuit is available on the following website: www.CamelCashClassAction.com
What is the case about? Plaintiffs bring this action alleging RJR breached its contracts with Class Members during the final six months of the Camel Cash promotion, from October 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007, when RJR did not offer non-tobacco rewards merchandise for redemption with C-Notes. RJR disputes that it breached any contract regarding Camel Cash rewards and contends that it provided rewards merchandise to every person who submitted a qualified order during the period from October 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007. It has not yet been determined that the class's claim is valid or that RJR did anything wrong whatsoever with regard to how it conducted the Camel Cash program. This notice is not an expression by the Court regarding the merits of the claims or defenses in this case.
What has happened so far in this case? After Plaintiffs filed their complaint, RJR answered Plaintiffs' complaint, denying all allegations of wrongdoing asserted against it and asserting defenses. Thereafter, the parties engaged in extensive discovery, and legal and factual research. After Plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification, the parties presented extensive papers and the court heard argument on the motion. On December 19, 2014, the Court certified the class defined below and appointed Fred Javaheri, Dan Polese, and Heather Polese as Class Representatives and the law firms of Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP and Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. to represent the Plaintiffs as Class Counsel.
Who is included? You are a Class Member if you fit within the class definition certified by the Court: "All persons in California who, as adult smokers, were assigned registration numbers by RJR, collected 'C-Notes', and held C-Notes as of October 1, 2006." Those individuals and entities excluded from this class are listed at the case website, www.CamelCashClassAction.com.
Do I have a lawyer in this case? The Court has appointed the law firms of Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP and Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C. as Class Counsel to represent you and other Class Members. You will not be personally charged for these lawyers if there is no recovery or settlement. If you wish to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.
What should I do? Class Members have two options:
(1) Do nothing and automatically be part of the Class. You are automatically part of the Class if you meet the Court's class definition, above. By remaining in the class, you may be entitled to a share in any proceeds if there is a recovery. You will also be bound by any judgment in the Class Action, whether it is favorable or unfavorable.
(2) You can exclude yourself from the Class. This is also referred to as "opting out." This is the only option that preserves your right to be part of another lawsuit about the legal claims in this case. If exclude yourself, you will not be part of the case and will not share in any proceeds from any future settlement or judgment in this case. You will also not be bound by any further Court rulings in this matter. To exclude yourself, you must submit a request for exclusion form, which is available for download at www.CamelCashClassAction.com or by calling (877) 255-1345 or writing to Sateriale v. RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. Notice Administrator, c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC, P.O. Box 8060, San Rafael, CA 94912-8060. You must submit your request for exclusion form no later than September 29, 2015 to the following address:
Sateriale v RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co. Notice Administrator
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
P.O. Box 8060
San Rafael, CA 94912-8060
The full instructions are set forth in the Class Notice which is available on the case website (www.CamelCashClassAction.com).
This notice is a summary only. For more information, please visit www.CamelCashClassAction.com or call (877) 255-1345.
SOURCE Bragar Eagel & Squire, P.C.; Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP