- Class Members to receive a variety of benefits
- Deadline applies to exclusions and objections
For the most part customers do not like it when they feel their information isn’t being adequately protected. Four customers of Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company apparently didn’t like this feeling so much so that in response they filed a class action lawsuit over it. Rodriguez v. Universal Property has recently come to settlement terms resolving allegations that the Defendant (Universal Property) did not have sufficient security procedures in place to protect customer information found in its Lender Verification Portal. The settlement comes in wake of the discovery process and a full day’s worth of mediation in front of a retired judge on December 8th, 2016. Universal Property stands by its website security procedures but has agreed to the UPC Settlement to avoid the expense, inconvenience, and risk of further litigation (not to mention the disruption of its business operations). It doesn’t appear Class Members are required to file a claim and should automatically receive the following benefits: Managed Recovery and Restoration Services, Identity Theft Reimbursement Insurance, and Injunctive Relief.
A Few Key Dates Regarding the UPC Settlement
- Class Members who plan on objecting to the settlement must send their written objection notices by the June 14th, 2017 deadline
- June 14th, 2017 is also the date by which Class Members who plan on opting out must mail in their written request to be excluded
- Those who plan to attend the Final Fairness Hearing may want to circle the scheduled hearing date of July 31st, 2017 on their calendar
Class Members who request to be excluded from the UPC Settlement will not be bound by further orders or judgments in this case and will remain able to pursue claims alleged in the litigation against Universal Property by filing their own lawsuit. All exclusion requests must include a name, address, telephone number, email contact information (if available), and a signature along with a statement requesting to be excluded. Exclusions requests can be mailed directly to the Settlement Administrator.
UPC Settlement Administrator
- PO Box 59329 Philadelphia, PA 19102-9329