Craw, et al. v. Hometown America, LLC, et al.

CASE NO: 18-CV-12149-LTS


CHECKS WERE MAILED ON NOVEMBER 19, 2021. PLEASE BE PATIENT.


IN THE US DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS


PLEASE READ THE NOTICE CAREFULLY. IT EXPLAINS YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS ACTION.



NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

Have you lived in the Oakhill Manufactured Housing Community in Attleboro, Massachusetts at any time between September 25, 2012 and March 23, 2021?

If yes, a legal Settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit that, if approved by the Court, will affect your rights. So please read this notice carefully and submit a Claim Form today!

A court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.



A Settlement has been proposed in the class action lawsuit Craw, et al. v. Hometown America, LLC, et al., 18-CV-12149-LTS that is presently before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (“Class Action”). In the Class Action, one of the Plaintiffs has claimed, among other things, that the owners and operators of the Oakhill Manufactured Housing Community (“Oakhill”) failed to provide or inadequately provided services to Oakhill residents related to stormwater management and infrastructure, home foundations attached to the land, driveways, walkways, and/or other permanent elements of residents’ leased home sites. For this Settlement to take effect, it must be approved by the Court.

The Settlement will require Oakhill to pay for a $500,000 Settlement Fund as compensation for Oakhill’s alleged failure to provide these services. The Settlement Fund first will pay for Settlement Costs, and the remainder (the “Class Benefit Fund”) will be distributed to eligible residents who submit timely and valid Claim Forms. The Settlement will also require Oakhill to implement a Court-approved stormwater management system operation and maintenance program (the “Oakhill Stormwater Program”) that shall be subject to Court oversight for a five-year period.

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

Capitalized terms have the same meaning given to them in the Settlement Agreement.

You can obtain a copy of the Settlement Agreement, the Claim Form, and the Plan of Allocation from the Settlement Administrator at 1-866-251-0095, or www.oakhillclassactionsettlement.com.


Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement:


Submit a Claim Form


The only way to ask for money from the Settlement is to submit a timely and valid Claim Form. Money is not guaranteed and will only be disbursed to eligible current or former Oakhill residents – as described in greater detail by this Notice and in the Claim Form.

Instructions are given below on how to submit a Claim Form.


Ask to be Excluded from the Damages Class


If you don’t wish to receive any Settlement money and would prefer to seek compensation from Oakhill directly for the matters covered by the Class Action, you must ask to be excluded from the Damages Class.

Even if you are excluded from the Damages Class, you will still receive the benefit of the Oakhill Stormwater Program and won’t be able to sue Oakhill to fix any stormwater management or flooding issues that exist on your leased home site related to the claims in the Class Action, or for any other Released Claims for equitable and injunctive relief.

Instructions on how to properly exclude yourself from the Damages Class are outlined below.


Object


If you don’t believe that this Settlement is fair and don’t want the Court to approve it, you may write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. Even if you object to the Settlement, you will still need to submit a Claim Form if you wish to seek possible monetary payment from the Settlement – should the Settlement be approved over your objection.

Instructions on how to properly submit an objection are outlined below.


Go to a Hearing


If you properly submit an objection, you may also ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement, although you do not have to do so. Even if you speak in Court, you will still need to submit a Claim Form if you wish to seek possible monetary payment from the Settlement.

Instructions on how to properly request an opportunity to speak to the Court are outlined below.


Do Nothing


If you do nothing, you will give up your right to receive any monetary payment from the Settlement and you will give up your right to sue Oakhill for any Released Claims, but you will still receive the benefit of the Oakhill Stormwater Program.


  • This notice explains these rights and options, and the deadlines to exercise them.
  • The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court does not approve the Settlement, then you will not receive any benefits and you will not give up any rights.
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