A $10 million settlement has been reached to resolve claims that Gateway Plaza New York City residents were subjected to “oppressively cold conditions.”
The settlement will benefit all current and former residents of Gateway Plaza at 345, 355, 365, 376, 385, and 395 South End Avenue, New York since April 1, 2008.
Plaintiffs in the Gateway Plaza class action claimed that they were subjected to “oppressively cold conditions” caused by a lack of maintenance or care by building owners. Sub-par insulation, leaky windows, and poor heating systems were reportedly to blame for the cold conditions. In the winter, temperatures could allegedly reach below 55 degrees.
“Gateway is a poster child of uninhabitability,” the plaintiffs alleged in their Gateway Plaza class action lawsuit. “The units are poorly constructed, inadequately insulated, and riddled with defects in the heating and ventilation systems.”
To make matters worse, the plaintiffs alleged that the landlords took advantage of the cold conditions by purchasing electricity from a provider and reselling it to tenants at a higher rate.
Defendants Marina Tower Associates LP, Gateway Plaza Management Corp., The Battery Park City Authority, and The LeFrak Organization did not admit any wrongdoing but agreed to pay $10 million to resolve the claims against them.
Under the settlement, improvements will reportedly be made to Gateway Plaza apartments to fix the conditions.
Class Members are expected to receive an equal share of the net settlement fund as compensation. Exact payment amounts have not been estimated as they will depend on the number of valid claims filed.
In order to benefit from the settlement, Class Members must submit a valid claim by April 16, 2020. The deadline for exclusion and objection is Jan. 31, 2020. The final approval hearing for the settlement is scheduled for March 2, 2020.
All current and former residents of Gateway Plaza since April 1, 2008.
To Be Determined. Payment amounts will reportedly depend on the number of claims filed.
Proof of Purchase
Address, apartment number, and dates of residence will be used to validate claims from former residents. Current residents will not need to provide proof.
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
In re: Gateway Plaza Residents Litigation, Case No. 651023/2014, in the Supreme Court of the State of New York
Gateway Plaza Settlement
Claims Administrator – Epiq
P.O. Box 4098
Portland, OR 97208-4098
Jeffrey M. Norton
Lucas A. Ferrara
NEWMAN FERRARA LLP
SAFIRSTEIN METCALF LLP
SANFORD HEISLER SHARP LLP
Allan J. Arffa
Adam J. Bernstein
PAUL WEISS RIFKIND WHARTON & GARRISON LLP
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