Unless you exclude 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 do not exclude yourself (see FAQs 14-16 regarding “Excluding Yourself from the Class”), you will agree to “release and discharge” all “Released Persons” of all “Released Claims.” You may view a full copy of the Settlement Agreement, 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 known and Unknown Claims, rights, demands, actions, causes of action, allegations, or suits of whatever kind or nature, whether ex contractu or ex delicto, debts, liens, contracts, liabilities, agreements, attorneys' fees, costs, penalties, interest, expenses, or losses (including actual, consequential, statutory, extra-contractual and/or punitive or exemplary damages) 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), which have been alleged or which could have been alleged by Plaintiffs in the Lawsuit, on behalf of themselves and/or on behalf of the Class, to the full extent of res judicata protections but only as related to depreciation on claims within the class period, and whether arising under or based on contract, extra-contractual or tort theories, bad faith, common law or equity, or federal, state or local law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation. Released Claims do not include any claim for enforcement of the contemplated Stipulation of Settlement and/or Final Order and Judgment.
“Unknown Claim” means any claim arising out of facts found hereafter to be other than or different from the facts now known or believed to be true, relating to any matter covered by this Stipulation.
“Released Persons” means (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).