This website explains the class action settlement reached in Conroy v. Apts. Downtown, case no. LACV072840, in the Johnson County District Court. This settlement was approved by the Court on July 18, 2016 and the deadline for registering and receiving a class award payment, November 15, 2016, has now passed. The settlement provides payments to class members to settle outstanding claims with regard to the use of prohibited lease provisions in the standard lease of Apts. Downtown, a large Iowa City, Iowa rental management company. Here is the Court's Order Approving Final Settlement and the Consent Decree as entered by the Court.
Settlement Update February 14, 2017:
On February 10, 2017 the Settlement Administrator mailed checks to those claimants who submitted timely and valid claims.
Please note: These checks have an issue date February 10, 2017, and will become void after 90 days, on May 11, 2017. After May 11, 2017, these checks cannot be deposited or cashed. If you need to request a check reissue for any reason, your request must be received by the Settlement Administrator no later than March 21, 2017. Please email your request to email@example.com or mail your request to: ADI Settlement Administrator, PO Box 2507, Faribault, MN 55021-9507.
Class Membership & Proposed Class Payment
If you were a tenant or subtenant of Apts. Downtown or Apts. Near Campus in Iowa City, Iowa for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 or 2013-14 lease terms you are automatically part of the class; there is no way to join the class action. Under the terms of the settlement, class members receive $65 for each annual lease term they were either tenants or sub-tenants. These payments are intended to compensate tenants and subtenants for possible prohibited provisions in their leases, the proposed settlement does not include other charges, like security deposit deductions for cleaning or damage, made on an individual basis. As the class settlement has been approved, all class members, whether they received notification or not, are bound by the settlement and may not make individual claims for damage due to prohibited lease provisions unless they opted out. Class members must have registered and submitted a Claim by November 15, 2016. The Claim filing deadline has now passed. There is no guarantee that any Claim Forms submitted past that deadline will be accepted.
Class members may have opted out of the class payment and excluded themselves from the class settlement. The November 15, 2016 deadline to opt out or exclude yourself has now passed. Unless class members opted out, they are bound by the settlement, even if they were not aware of the settlement.