LOS ANGELES, April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Court-approved settlements have been finalized in two class actions alleging that games offered to viewers of two network television programs were illegal lotteries under California law. The games covered by the settlements are:
"Lucky Case Game" on "Deal Or No Deal" -- December 2005 - January 2008
"American Idol Challenge" on "American Idol" -- February 2007 - May 2007
The settlements provide that any person who paid premium text message charges (usually 99 cents) to enter the games, and did not win a prize or previously opt-out, may submit a claim for full refund of the charges. The settlements are not admissions of liability by the defendants. Claims can be filed as follows:
"Lucky Case Game" --
www.LuckyCaseGameSettlement.com or 877-248-5358
"American Idol Challenge" --
www.AmericanIdolChallengeSettlement.com or 877-264-4185
Claims must be submitted by the deadline of August 10, 2012.
(Simply voting for a contestant on "American Idol" does not make someone eligible for payments in the "American Idol Challenge" settlement. Only persons who paid premium text-message charges to play the "American Idol Challenge" game, and did not win a prize or previously opt-out of the class action, are eligible.)
Lead class counsel are Milberg LLP and William A. Pannell, P.C. The lawsuits are Herbert, et al. v. Endemol USA, Inc., et al., Case no. 2:07-cv-03537-JHN-VBKx, and Couch v. Telescope, Inc., et al., Case no. 2:07-cv-03916-JHN-VBKx, pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
This press release only summarizes the settlements. More details are in the Settlement Agreements. Copies of the Settlement Agreements and the pleadings and other documents relating to the cases are on file at the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, and may be examined and copied at any time during regular office hours at the Office of the Clerk, 255 East Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
SOURCE Milberg LLP and William A. Pannell, P.C.