Corrective SolutionsNearly 800,000 California and Pennsylvania residents may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit settlement involving two debt-collection companies that allegedly forced consumers into paying for “Financial Accountability” classes as part of a Bad Check Restitution Program. If approved, Class Members will receive $75 cash from the $3 million class action settlement.

Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit accuse American Corrective Counseling Services (ACCS) and National Corrective Group (NCG), which operates as Corrective Solutions, of violating various laws by making false and misleading statements and seeking and collecting fees unauthorized by law when carrying out bad check diversion programs in the names of district attorneys.

According to the Corrective Solutions class action lawsuit, ACCS and NCG would mail notices, printed on local DA’s letterhead stationery, ordering consumers who wrote checks with insufficient funds to pay hundreds of dollars to attend a “Financial Accountability” class. Consumers who didn’t pay the fee and attend the class were threatened with criminal prosecution.

American Corrective Counseling Services and National Corrective Group deny the allegations but have agreed to a $3 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation.

Class Members of the ACCS, NCG class action lawsuit settlement include anyone who received a District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program Notice in California between January 4, 2006 and August 31, 2011 or in Pennsylvania between January 25, 2004 and August 31, 2011, which was printed on letterhead stationary from one of the District Attorneys listed on the Settlement Website:

Class Members that submit a valid Claim Form no later than February 14, 2013 will receive $75 cash from the class action lawsuit settlement. This amount may be higher or lower, depending on how many people file valid Claims.

Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Corrective Solutions District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Settlement can be found at

The case is Smith v. National Corrective Group, Inc., Case No. 10-cv-0010 JSW, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

UPDATE 12/24/13: The class action settlement was rejected in December 2012 for being “problematic.” The Settlement website has been taken down, so no updates are available.

UPDATE 6/20/14:An amended class action settlement agreement was entered in August 2013, was granted final approval on May 5, 2014, and became effective May 6, 2014. Payments are expected to be mailed to Class Members in late July 2014, according to the Settlement Administrator. Settlement Class Members who received notice of the DA Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Settlement will automatically receive payment. Those who did not receive a notice had to submit a claim by April 1, 2014 to participate. If you receive a check, let us know!

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  • Regan fox January 25, 2013

    I turned I’m a claim form and was curious to know when to expect a check?

    • Myrna Jones June 16, 2014

      I turned in claim form and would like to know when and if mi will receive money, Also how much.

    • Arod August 5, 2014

      For all those who are reading this I just received a check from SmithSettlement regarding this Bad Restitution Lawsuit filed by them….in the amount of $6.50 yes SIX DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS.

      I am so furious and upset made me wait months, I was one of the first ones who received a notice than later I read ohh $75 dollars is what were going to get. I paid close to $500 and in the end I get a check for $6.50.
      Honestly I believe this firm kept most of the money and ripped me off at least. What a joke. There’s not even a live person you can speak with it’s like hit and run.

      • Rivermom August 5, 2014

        I so agree and was furious to receive my check in post card form yesterday in the amount of $2.04!!!!! Appears someone of someones received a substantial amount. Personally this was a slap in the face for all of us who gave them $75!! I feel like framing it to remind me to say “NO” next time!!!

      • Kandy August 5, 2014

        The 75$ is what you get when you turn in a claim form but after the money is divided(the settlement) you will receive your payment of that in late July or a little after…You guys should have looked more into it and cared and you’d know what’s going on. (If you truly deserve it)

        • Arod August 7, 2014

          No you’re incorrect my friend, I received the notice “post card” in September of last year2013 and since I was one of those who received it, I did not have to fill out or submit the claim form, I should have received the $75.00 dollars and not six dollars. Looks like we got ripped off and this firm smithsettlement kept most of the 3.5 million. Plain and simple.

      • Tanya August 5, 2014

        Mine was only $2.04 :(

      • Day August 6, 2014

        hey I got 2 checks. One for 6.53 and one for 2.04. LOL! Oh well. I had already forgot about the money I paid and this settlement, so I just look at this as a gift.

      • dabne August 12, 2014

        I rec’d one last week or so for $6.53 and I never recall ANYTHING about this suit….so I guess I shouldn’t complain about these lil crumbs…they can pay for any other lil silly fees my bank likes to charge now n then…lol!

    • mrs August 6, 2014

      Hey, does this mean there really never was a warrant?

    • Richard Young June 22, 2016

      I receive a letter are card from a settlement called Smith’s settlement. My address has changed 41304 159st Lancaster CA. 93535. My name is Richard Young 11/10/1973 date of birth old address 37929 35th.street e. Apt #508 Palmdale CA. 93550. Ive never received a check.

  • John J. February 21, 2013

    I want to know what is going on with this settlement. I spent the postage to mail in a claim form, and I am wondering when the $75 is coming.

  • Renee Roman February 22, 2013

    When will I get my check?

  • Pdjones March 17, 2013

    Hi, I recently was going thru personal problems and forgot to send in the post card. Can I still send it in or can I call. Thanks

  • David Granby June 24, 2013

    When will I receive my check for $75. I can’t obtain any information regarding this class action law suit. The telephone number on the claim is no longer in service.

  • David Granby June 25, 2013

    Phone number for class action law suit no longer in service. How can find out the status of this claim?

  • Pearl October 23, 2013

    i sent my claim in and havent heard anything as of yet what can i expect from this case

  • addie pratt February 3, 2014

    I was wondering how much money will I recive and when can I expect it

  • christina rivas February 12, 2014

    court was on feb 7th rite so wat was the outcome? wen can i recieve my $

  • Dena Garcia February 20, 2014

    When will I see the payment of settlement

  • Dena Garcia February 20, 2014

    How was court outcome

  • mad atyou March 22, 2014

    Bullcrap. I paid OVER $1,200 for this crap in 2007 and all I get is $75??? Wtf. greedy a$$ white politicians. And there damn white collar crimes. All their generations to come will be cursed.

  • Victoria A. Hicks March 22, 2014

    I wanted to know what to do i moved and need to give out my new address for the updates how do i do tat i did already call when i got the post card but i moved since then so how do i update my address.

  • Victoria A. Hicks March 22, 2014

    does anyone have the 1-800 number..

  • yvette mancillas March 23, 2014

    i was just wondering what happen to the settelment. can i get an up date

  • Laura April 10, 2014

    I never rec’d any money either. the 866-403-6561

  • Laura April 10, 2014

    I just spoke with a customer service rep and at this point there is no resolution. Bummer!

  • judy April 19, 2014

    I heard the judge did not approve the amount of settlement, I paid a big amount, plus, I was called on my job, the operatingroom, threatened, these people think they did no wrong, I want to say THANK YOU! Judge for denying the amount they want to settle this matter with, We The People that got mistreated verbally and paid alot of money, deserve more than 75 dollars, I remember, I was scared, I could not stay Focus on my job…Saving lives

  • Anthony J Molles June 12, 2014

    I need to know If I approved for the settlement, please let me know
    Thank You

  • margaret white June 15, 2014

    In the web site the said payments will be issued in june 2014 that was in may. Since then the 800 number is just a recording. And the website page is down. Theres nobody to contact anymore. Im starting to think something’s not right. Can someone updated me. Has anyone seen any money yet.

  • Cesst June 16, 2014

    They already send the checks

  • kim June 18, 2014

    I too was wondering about when the checks were coming. I called today and it said they were mailed out this month. I hope it’s more than $75 but anything is better than nothing.

  • Lex June 18, 2014

    Has anyone gotten a check ?

  • kim June 19, 2014

    The recording is now saying that the checks will be mailed late july. :(

  • Top Class Actions June 20, 2014

    UPDATE:An amended class action settlement agreement was entered in August 2013, was granted final approval on May 5, 2014, and became effective May 6, 2014. Payments are expected to be mailed to Class Members in late July 2014, according to the Settlement Administrator. Settlement Class Members who received notice of the DA Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Settlement will automatically receive payment. Those who did not receive a notice had to submit a claim by April 1, 2014 to participate. If you receive a check, let us know!

    • Jessica August 3, 2014

      I received a check for $2.04. I live in PA n ow, and have lived here during the entire period mentioned. I received those papers threatening fines and having to attend classes but the catch was that I had never written a bad check in my life. I honestly had no idea there was a class action suit, though I did make a number of complaints since I was being threatened for no good reason and as a result, I never sent any money or attended any classes. I was surprised that I got a check in the mail even if it was only for $2 and research brought me here… I must say thought that I’m happy that the settlement terms were changed so that those who had no idea it existed could get justice too. I would have been happy without any money as long as the jerks who use fraud to ruin peoples’ lives are dealt with in the harshest manner possible.

    • Day August 6, 2014

      Got 2. 1 for 6.53 and 1 for 2.04

      • dabne August 12, 2014

        ooh….should I expext another then…for a penace of $2.04 to add to my wealth of $6.54?

  • cherrees July 19, 2014

    I feel its very wrong that we only get $75 our class is only 160,000 people strong well that’s what I read on the website ..they said it could have been up to 800,000.smh I can’t believe after all the anxiety And stress they put me through that’s all I get very disappointed

    • carnell tutwiler July 22, 2014

      I thought we all were going to get $ 2,222.00. Not $75.00. Is the checks still going out in late July ? If so, do you know about what date?

      • Patty July 26, 2014

        That’s what I thought too. I haven’t received anything. $75 really doesn’t compare to the harrassment that we all went through.

    • Angela July 3, 2015

      I still have not received anything and I got a card in the mail. At this time the card said that the parties have agreed to settle the dispute for 3,250,000. which will be used to pay for settlement costs and settlement payments to class members and one or more charitable organizations. It is estimated that the number of class members may be as high as 450,000. I am still trying to find some contact information through one of their current class action suits, but so far no luck. I know I should give up but it just irks me and I am also curious as to which charitable organizations received funds and the amounts. I believe this is where the additional monies left over from those who did not cash checks or follow through with their claims went.

  • Sasha July 20, 2014

    Cherres did you get your check already ?

    • Hope August 4, 2014

      ya i got my big $10, what a joke

  • Latun July 22, 2014

    no one has gotten a check yet

  • Jamie July 22, 2014

    Has anyone got there check

    • jeffrey July 23, 2014

      Not here in Oakland, CA

  • Jamie July 23, 2014

    Does Anyone Know the Amount ???

    • JD July 23, 2014

      Not here in California.

  • Janice July 23, 2014

    I really hope we get checks this month and it’s not pushed back again

  • Theodora July 24, 2014

    Where is my check,we all need money.

    • jeffrey July 24, 2014

      its all in the lawyers pockets…

  • Theodora July 24, 2014

    I need my little check

  • jeffrey July 24, 2014

    what a farce! how difficult is it to cut checks (supposedly all the same amount) to those they already have addresses fo?r (they mailed us notifications)…I mean, really?

    • Robin August 11, 2014

      Apparently they are not sending the same amount to everyone involved. I received 2 checks the other day. Both for $2.04. Not even worth the paper it’s printed on or the postage to send it.

  • angie July 24, 2014

    I agree, I know a couple people that have received the notifications over a year ago and nobody has received a dime. How much later in July can they go, it’s already the 24!!! July 2015 I suppose!!!

  • Jamie July 25, 2014

    Anyone receive a check yet????

  • tami bannerman July 25, 2014

    Im in LA and i have not recieved a check either. Is there someone we can contact. Why isnt there anyone we can talk too? This is not right!

  • Jamie July 25, 2014

    Checks are going out July 31

    • DeniaE July 25, 2014

      Of course, they will mail them on the very last day – this is typical of settlement check disbursement. When they mean at the end of July – they mean the very last day in July and make everybody wait, except the attorneys, of course.

    • dabne August 12, 2014

      yes my check is printed july 31

  • Patty July 26, 2014

    I guess since we’ve been waiting soo long, it doesn’t hurt to wait until August 1st!!!!

  • Jan July 27, 2014

    Not sure if it’s true or not , but a woman on Facebook said she spoke with the admin and checks are only 2.04 a piece which I think is bull crap

    • Rivermom August 5, 2014

      YEP 2.04!!! So all you complaining about $75 at least you got your money back!!!!!

  • Karen July 30, 2014

    $2.04? that is bullshit. I have not receive anyting yet. Has anyone received there check?

  • dennise July 30, 2014


  • Patty July 30, 2014

    Nothing yet!

  • kim July 31, 2014


  • kim July 31, 2014

    check amount 3.47
    plus date

    • Patty July 31, 2014

      You received your check already?

  • cessy July 31, 2014

    Somebody got a check yet not me in california

    • peggyisbell August 4, 2014

      After all the money I paid and the class I had to take, I got a big check for $6.53.

  • erica July 31, 2014

    Its the 31st of july, are checks coming in august?? I paid alot of money into that bad check restitution program. Those people called and harrassed me non stop.

  • rita July 31, 2014

    Wait a minute, So Kim.. you received your check today in the amount of 3.47? I can’t freaking believe this!!! What happened to the $75, which is still cheap skating it! Why are they even bothering to send them for that embarrassing amount!

  • Lena July 31, 2014

    What the fuck is going on wit the checks and these different bullshit amounts 2.00 and 3.00. they need to be sued again!!!

  • islandchic July 31, 2014

    I don’t believe that the checks are that small. I hope that’s not true. They should at least have an accurate amount they can give us.

  • White/black kitty August 1, 2014

    Humm today is the 1st .. So checks should just now be coming out .. I doubt they would send that low of an amount.. Especially since checks were just sent out yesterday ..

  • cess August 1, 2014

    Did somebody got a check yet?

  • kim August 2, 2014

    I got a check today. Im in pa. gor. 6.53

    • Diane August 5, 2014

      I also got a check for a whopping $6.53, I’m wondering where is the rest of it…smh

    • Jason August 10, 2014

      Mine was the same I’m in pa also 6.53

      • Robin August 11, 2014

        Better than the 2.04 I got! I don’t know why everyone is getting different amounts?

  • White\black kitty August 2, 2014

    That’s really not funny kim

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    Is she playing? I hope so. They can keep that! Save the postage!

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    Oh please… She post a comment on the 31 that the check was 3 bucks .. Now she claims to have got a check today for 6 bucks..umm yea she just collecting laughs.. Lol

    • Cameron August 5, 2014

      I can’t speak for Kim but i got my check yesterday for only $6.23 as well dated for the 31st of July. If you got more than that be happy I sure didn’t. Hardly worth taking it to my bank.

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    I pray the amount is the amount I’ve been told previously .. I’ll keep you all posted for when I receive my payment..

  • lc August 2, 2014

    no joke I got a 2 checks today 8/2/14 in the amount of $6.53…. my bad check was for $25 and was a mistake but I paid $250 in so called “DA fees” this settlement is a joke.

  • DG August 2, 2014

    In PA here…just got a check for $6.53. Better run to the bank quickly to cash my fortune :/

  • White/ Black Kitty August 2, 2014

    Umm .. If that’s the true amount.. Then we need to form a case .. 3 million settlement six bucks per person. … Yet I was told it would be 100,000 for each person.. By the lawyer on the case.. That’s some honest bullshit.. I can’t believe this shit.. Sorry Kim for not believing you..

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    Well I guess u have to look at it like this, at least we didn’t go to jail.

  • White/ Black Kitty August 2, 2014

    Island chick did u get yours

  • White/ Black Kitty August 2, 2014

    You are my only hope

  • White/ Black Kitty August 2, 2014

    (215) 732-6067 this is the lawyer firm direct number if anyone would like to complain or understand why we were given false information .. I myself will take the check and save it for my memory book.. Reminding me why I love this damn country so much ..

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    No check today.

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    White/black kitty, let me know if u get yours and the amount.

  • Lisa August 2, 2014

    Same here in PA .. one for 6.53 and another for 2.04..this is ridiculous but don’t save it .. cash it at least get something out of them

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    Island chic you must live in Cali as well.. I didn’t get one either ok so it’s two checks .. Hum .. That’s interesting ..

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    That’s a shame making us wait this long for some 2 and $3 checks.

  • April Gonzalez August 2, 2014

    I received one check today in the amount of $2.04.

  • sar August 2, 2014

    I’m in California and I just received a check for $2.04 ..

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    How the hell do u cash a 2.04 check..

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    So how long were you all aware of this case .. At this point I hope we it’s levels to this settlement .. Because why would they even print a 2.04 check

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    LOL! this is so ridiculous.

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    That’s just a waste of paper u ask me. Smh

    • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

      Trees are dying and they are printing bs checks

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    I hope u guys are pranking the rest of us who didn’t get a check yet. :)

  • Lena August 2, 2014

    No Islandchic there is no pranking check is either 6.53 or 2.04. That’s the reality of this shit and they can say they paid us.

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    Lol that’s what I’m saying.. Like I hope they just don’t want to say the true amount.. Honestly I went to the website and it says 3 . 2 total .. I million for court fees.. One million to divided among people who only were harassed by these calls and notices.. Then an addition one million will be shared for those who made payments to them .. So I’m in shock

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    I’m in Palm Springs California not sure why I have yet to receive my lunch money

  • Jamie August 2, 2014

    Well $2.04….in phoenix…

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    Lunch money! Lmao!! :)

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    I might be able to get a 2 piece at popeyes. :)

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    For the ppl who got your checks is your class action case smith vs Ncg or smith vs acc

    • tisha August 4, 2014

      I’m in PA and my case was smith v NCG

  • islandchic August 2, 2014

    White/black kitty, is there a difference. I didn’t get my check yet, but mine was with smith vs ncg. I hope there is difference. I’m in California.

    • Rivermom August 5, 2014

      Nope no difference – Smith Settlement check for $2.04

  • White/black kitty August 2, 2014

    Honestly.. I’m hoping it is ..because I know it was a case a few years ago that got denied and then amended.. I was not apart of that case and didn’t know anything about it.. Last year I got a post card about the case against ncg .. So I’m hoping it’s different .. I’m trying to find one strain of hope .. Because the representative I spoke with didn’t mention 75 per person so I’m hoping it’s different

  • Accacia August 2, 2014

    One check for a whopping $2.04 arrived in the mail today. That doesn’t even cover the gas to go to the bank to deposit it

  • Sandy August 2, 2014

    I only received $6.53 we waited a long time just for that ?

  • Black/white Kitty August 2, 2014

    Damn how long have u been waiting and u was told it’s 75 but in reality it’s 6 bucks smh

  • sar August 3, 2014

    Sorry guys, not a joke!! I wish it was I also almost had a heart attack when I opened the postcard with a check for $2.04.

  • jeffrey August 3, 2014

    I’m sure the attorneys got more than 6.53…

  • Maria munoz August 3, 2014

    I got 2 checks for $6.00! Today this is bull crap!

  • Sarah Fowler August 3, 2014

    Received two post card checks in the mail yesterday.. Both for $6.53. I live in PA. I will say this, I was expecting more, especially since I know I paid this company well over $100 to take the “class”. Bunch of BS if you ask me.

  • islandchic August 3, 2014

    Maria Munoz, so u received 2 checks yesterday both for $6.00 even? Looks like they are sending different amounts. Some received checks for $2.04 and $6.53. Something don’t seem right. I’ll just wait and see how much mines will be. Hopefully tomorrow.

    • Maria munoz August 3, 2014

      Islandchic, yes I received 2 separate checks for $6.00 each. This is a joke. Oh and I live in California. And I’m not sure if I should cash them! I want to know what happened to the $75.00.

  • islandchic August 3, 2014

    I just don’t know what they expect us do with a $6.00 check. I thought it was gonna be $75 and I was going to be satisfied with that amount.

  • Maria munoz August 3, 2014

    I would have been satisfied with the $75.00 too. That’s all I wanted back. I hope the lawyers read these comments! Just so they know how we feel like we were lied to! And you know the more people they get in their class action law suits the more money the judgement is and the more money they get because they’re representing this obscene amount of people and in the end we look like fools so they can get all they money!

  • Black/white kitty August 3, 2014

    Well tomorrow we all should have our checks .. Perhaps it’s going to be eleven six dollars checks for each person lol haha

  • richard August 4, 2014

    i was told i was going to get anywhere from 5,000.00 up to 100,000.00 and i got mine for 6.53 and it dont even look like a real check what a joke we should start a lawsuit for all the lies we were told

  • Penny the black/ white kitty is upset August 4, 2014

    I was told hundred thousand as well.. I feel they shouldn’t give a false amount.. Whatever .. I didn’t get my payment but I’ll be calling the law office after I get it .. My boyfriend told me don’t get my hopes up on this .. It just seem to be so damn true now I see this is some type of frued

  • rita August 4, 2014

    No joke… Live in California and received my check Saturday 2.04. Called the number and once check is issued, which they all are at this point…. You are the proud owner of a garbage, piece of nothing crap 2.04 or 6.00 payment!!!!! Case is closed.

    Great job attorneys! Your laughing your way all way to the bank with your MILLION DOLLAR CHECKS! We got duped!

  • Black/white kitty August 4, 2014

    Well honestly we all can’t completely blame the lawyers .. The amount began at 100…000 .. And everyone started to call friends and family .. They told other ppl .. And word spread .. Therefore our amount got smaller ., so oh well thank you for the additional million claim forms

  • Stephanie August 4, 2014

    I received two checks today, both in the amount of $6.53.

    • Kitty August 4, 2014

      I wonder why is it diff amounts

  • tisha August 4, 2014

    I’m in PA……check came 8/4/14 in the amount of……..$6.53

  • Kitty August 4, 2014

    So my mom got one for 6.53 and one for 2.04 … I got one for 6.53

  • Kitty August 4, 2014

    We really need to do something about this

  • Tina August 4, 2014

    I got a check today for $6.53 and so did my mom for the same amount. We are in CA. Not sure if they are real checks though. No place to endorse them

  • Caritta August 4, 2014

    We received 2 checks for $6.53 today. And Tina is right! There is no place to endorse them! Anyone try cashing one yet?

  • Black / white kitty August 4, 2014

    Yea they cash it

  • Erica Ramirez August 4, 2014

    Hi guys, On Sat. Aug. 2nd I received two postcard type checks each for $2.04! I don’t know why the different amounts either. I think its sad we get targeted for “bad checks” and now given a crappy pay out! Good luck to you all. I also in AZ.

  • tisha August 4, 2014

    Class Members that submit a valid Claim Form no later than February 14, 2013 will receive $75 cash from the class action lawsuit settlement. This amount may be higher or lower, depending on how many people file valid Claims.

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  • islandchic August 4, 2014

    I just received 2 postcard checks in the amount of $6.53. Black/white kitty, I guess u will get yours soon. Hopefully I can cash them.

  • neni August 4, 2014

    IN California got a check for $2.04! What a joke!

  • sara August 4, 2014

    got my check to day.some thing is wrong
    it was for 6,053.00 ran to the bank
    the bank wanted to put a hold so i went.
    to the check cashing store. they cash it.
    they claim it was the wrong amount .
    they have 25,000 checks that went out with
    that amount .if you got one hurry!!! cash it

    • Kitty August 4, 2014

      Hey.. Sara did u get two checks previous

  • sara August 5, 2014

    no!!! just one check
    Im in oakland ca

    • Patty August 5, 2014

      One check for that amount i would be really happy!

  • Kitty August 5, 2014

    Umm wow.. I’m still missing my other check hopefully it’s in that amount

  • sandra miller August 5, 2014

    i only got $2.04 but i also got a return post card to put my change of address on it.

  • Kitty August 5, 2014

    I spoke with the lawyer office today.. He basically said the judge added everyone to the case and that cause the low amount of checks.. He says try to contact the ppl that sent you all the checks.. The address on the paper.. They are responsible for approving all these additional ppl.. Therefore don’t seem like it was a correct verifying process

    • tisha August 5, 2014

      I’m not understanding what you mean by additional people…… If they are people that paid into the program wouldn’t they be entitled to be reimbursed also?

      • Kitty August 5, 2014

        Nope not everyone who did claim forms were entitled ..

        • Kitty August 5, 2014

          The didn’t verify that they paid or even got notices.. Some ppl that were included didn’t have any part in the company ..

          • tisha August 5, 2014

            Thank you for the explanation

  • Kitty August 5, 2014

    The more ppl who fight this the better

  • tisha August 5, 2014

    Maybe this is the reason for two checks…..

    $1,000,000 of the settlement fund will be allocated on an equal basis and paid to all eligible settlement class members. It is estimated that the number of class members may be as high as 450,000. An additional $1,000,000 of the settlement fund will be allocated on an equal basis and paid to all eligible settlement class members who paid a fee to NCG or ACCS. It is estimated that the number of class members who paid fees may be as high as 165,000.

    • Patty August 5, 2014

      Even if the class members would have been as high as 450,000, it should be more than $6. They sure didn’t do the calculation right, $1,000,00.00 divided into 450,000 people is definetly more than $6 per person…

      • Kitty August 5, 2014

        They were accepting claim form months after they post that message on website.. So that number is not the accurate amount of class members

      • tisha August 5, 2014

        I believe the calculations are…..

        1,000,000÷450,000 = 2.22

        1,000,000÷165,000 = 6.06

  • Lisa August 5, 2014

    I just received a check for $2.04, this is a joke. Where is my $75.00

  • Kitty August 5, 2014

    Yes it’s two checks.. If you paid a fee you get 6.54 and 2.04 or another 6.54 I guess it’s that amount if you paid them off.. If you only got letters then that’s a 2.04 only

  • Christy August 6, 2014

    From california, received my check for $6.53. Didn’t believe the check was real till I saw all your comments.

  • PAUL VUE August 6, 2014



    • RiverMom August 8, 2014

      Well all I can say is enjoy all your monies. Most of us got screwed and I can now see why. Really 5 checks at $73!!!!

  • Meredith Gossland August 8, 2014

    Someone needs to request an audit of the payout. $3,000,000 is not a really big payout anyway. The Lawyers typically take 25-33% of class action suits. But sometimes they are paid separately by the defendant. If the lawyers took both funds from the settlement AND were paid by the defendant that constitutes fraud on the part of the legal team. An audit must be provided to the courts if demanded. I would look into the payouts unfortunately once you cash a check it is an indication that you are satisfied with that payment. The checks issued by Smith Settlement Admin. are void after 90days. So if you feel cheated you need to investigate before you cash the check and then you can bring a suit against Smith even criminal charges can be filed if it looks like fraud. In that case you would be due the settlement money and you could get “pain and suffering” pay out from sueing Smith… IF the audit finds wrong doing. Read on……………

    Class action lawyers usually are paid from the fund recovered from the class. Increasingly they are paid a percentage of the money they recover. This percentage may vary but it can be from 25 percent to 33 percent of the fund. The fees may also be based on the amount of time the lawyers spent on the case and the quality of the result they obtained. This is called the lodestar method of calculating attorneys’ fees.

    Sometimes lawyers are paid not from the fund received for the class but by the defendant. There must be what’s called a fee-shifting statute for this to happen. It is normally the case in American justice that each party pays its own legal fees. Some laws however make the defendant pay the plaintiff’s fees if the defendant has broken the law. Example of such laws include some consumer protection statutes and labor and employment laws.

  • Meredith Gossland August 8, 2014

    BTW if a large number of claimants don’t cash their check where does that money go? If 50,000 didn’t cash their checks that would put $300,000 back in the kitty. What happenes to THAT money?

  • Patty August 8, 2014

    I received 3 whole checks in the amount of $2.04 each. Seriously, what am i suppose to do with that ? It’s not even worth going through the embarrassment of depositing them. I also think something went wrong here.

  • ralph leon August 12, 2014

    I got a check the other day for 6.53 , I did not even know what it was for , I do now .Im pretty pissed off to find out all that crap that I through , the money I spent , and the harassment . what a nightmare . Im not going to cash it , but I will look into getting everthing that is owed to me ,Word to the wise , DO NOT CASH YOUR CHECK

  • Sha August 14, 2014

    I received 2 checks also in the amount of $6.53 each I also live in PA.

  • Jean August 17, 2014

    I received one check for $2.04 in PA. And my name is spelled wrong on it. I am going to at least make them send me another check with the correct name on it. You will probably all get charged for the postage…so deduct 49 cents……

  • Diane M. August 19, 2014

    I’m in PA AND GOT A CHECK LAST WEEK for $6.53. I feel I am owed much more. I hope everyone knows that when you cash it or deposit it, that means “acceptance”, and you won’t be eligible for any future payments should they ever be forced to up the ante! But if the case is truly CLOSED, then that is that. Any attys on here that can look a little deeper into this case? Thank you!

  • Diane M. August 19, 2014

    BTW, my name is not on the check. It’s made out to “Attention Owner” where it says “pay to the order of” !!!

  • mark r August 26, 2014

    Received two checks, in the amount of $6.53 and we live in CA. This is our justice system at work! LOL – JOKE

  • Annonymous August 28, 2014

    I received a check in the amount of $2.04. So much for $75.00, better be careful sounds like a set up trying to net you if you are someone that might be owing something to them. Like the warehouse gag saying you won something and when you got there, the police were awaiting you for warrants.

  • Barbara Banks September 4, 2014

    I received two small checks for like 6.12 each. You know this is a damn shame they can’t pay us a lousy 75.00 for all the money we were defrauded into spending to go to a class. Had I known they were phony I would have never paid to begin with. Just lets you know these slick lawyers are all about lining their pockets and to help with the rest of us who were duped twice. I hope they could start giving people jail time for duping folks out of their hard earned cash instead of having people waiting on even less funds than they paid to try to rectify their problem. JERKS.

    • Barbara Banks September 4, 2014

      The help word should have been HELL my bad.

  • Kathy cusick September 17, 2014

    IBad enough I’m out of work.a customer wasn’t looking back andony way in nto work .a duelly truck backed up and hit me in the back of my head. Seizures all the time and then my husband beat my ass and threw me out and said I was writing bad checks this one I had to drive to Nevada and pay 1500 for a BSD check. I didn’t do anything wrong. Now I have nothing anf d I’m hanging in there.I have a son and I’m going to end up losing him next.why would people I didn’t even know do somthing like this to me.I received the check for 2,04 .the greed I see is so not right. Thank you people for ruining my life.I did nothing to have corporate america ruin somone like me.sleep well.

  • M Wilson October 13, 2014

    I’ve never received my check. This pisses me off, my Doctors office sent me to the program for not calling them right away and making payment. Needless to say I fired that Doctor.

    I have a claim number but I can’t find out where to locate my money. The phone number is just a recording.

  • jesse yruegaS November 5, 2014

    now you know why they want people on tv to file for class action lawsuits, just so lawyers get money,,,, all the money is for them, not the people hurt by the lawsuits, they used us!! ripped us off twice!!hope they die choking on their own blood. im gonna burn my 2.00 check!!! too much pride to cash it

  • Deanna Shuman December 26, 2014

    I received the check for $2.04, deposited it, and it bounced! Now I have a $20 returned check fee.

  • Shaun August 6, 2015

    I just received a check for $91.70 today!!!!

  • Patti August 7, 2015

    Received my $91.70 check today! My Mom got one too!

  • jen August 7, 2015

    I got a check yesterday too for 91.70

  • Chris Maceiko October 3, 2015

    Scumbags! I NEVER RECEIVED ANY CHECKS! I received notices and then I had to find out on my own the suit was being rejected! Then NOTHING! Bunch of thieves and bastards you all are!!!! SCREW YOU!!!

  • Lynn right December 17, 2015

    Check for 248.97 today anyone else?

  • Don December 17, 2015

    I received a post card and didn’t expect much, if anything. I was hit twice by these guys when two EFT transactions with Shell were inadvertently unpaid and because of a particularly hectic period in my life I was super distracted and bogged down. Naturally I believed them to be authentic and paid the fees. Then one day the payment website went dark. In California you can be charged a multiple of the original item (gas and both transactions were ~$25) or a maximum depending on the amounts. Today, I received a letter from the CFPB with a check attached. It did not include a breakdown of how it was calculated but I did get most of my money back. I expect others were receiving their early christmas too.

    • Lynn right December 17, 2015

      What state are u located in? I’m in indiana and may have misunderstood but thought it was only for people who live in California & Pennsylvania .. I’m just worried that it’s some type of scam.. So much of that goes around

  • Brennan December 18, 2015

    I received a check in the mail today from the consumer financial protection bureau for $235. Their number is 1-866-840-0341 if anyone needs to contact them regarding the case or payment.

  • Libby December 18, 2015

    My boyfriend got a check today for 36.00 his brother got one also and his was for 350.00. WTF is up with that?

  • Jesse Newland December 18, 2015

    Received check today from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for 52.28. I am assuming depends on how much you paid in, but not quite sure. Sorry we all got scammed by these crooks but they claim they only have 50,000 available to pay back the debts they stole.

  • Rosalinda Patrick December 23, 2015

    I received a check today for $185.00 from cfpb. But it says for deposit only on the front by authorized signature. Did anyone else get a check like that? I haven’t taken it to bank to cash was afraid it was a scam.

  • rasta al December 29, 2015

    just got a check for $265 but im furious at these punk bitches nobody lies to me and steals my $ . its the principle, they fu#ked with the wrong person

  • Sarah December 30, 2015

    I just received mine today for $235.00

  • K Johnson February 4, 2016

    I submitted a claim, and I never received a check. Does anyone know how to follow up?

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