Welcome to the Sprint Nextel ETF Settlement website
Please do not call or write to Sprint Nextel, their attorneys or the Court regarding
UPDATE: Please be advised that settlement checks began mailing on July 17, 2013
and will continue mailing through July 23, 2013. If you filed a claim for a cash
benefit, you should receive it by the first week of August. If you are expecting
a check and do not receive it, please contact the Claims Administrator at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-916-6940. Settlement benefits
for credits to existing debts and for long distance calling cards will be distributed
throughout the coming weeks.
What is this settlement about?
A proposed national settlement has been reached in a class action proceeding alleging
that Sprint, Nextel and/or Sprint Nextel's use of a flat-rate Early Termination
Fee (ETF) in its customer wireless agreement violate the Federal Communications
Act and consumer protection laws of the states and of the United States. Sprint
Nextel denies any liability or wrongdoing but has agreed to settle under the terms
of the Settlement Agreement. The case is entitled Larson, et al. v. Sprint Nextel
Corporation, et al., Civ. Action No. 2:07-cv-05325 (JLL-ES), filed and decided in
the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, located at 50 Walnut
Street, Newark, New Jersey.
A copy of the Settlement Agreement is available by clicking on Settlement Agreement.
The capitalized terms used here have the meanings as in the Settlement Agreement.
How do I know if I am part of the Class?
The certified class (the Settlement Class) consists of:
All Persons in the United States who are or were parties to a personal fixed-term
subscriber agreement for a Sprint, Nextel and/or Sprint Nextel Wireless Service
Account for personal or mixed business/personal use, whether on the Sprint CDMA
network or Nextel iDEN network, or both, excluding accounts for which the responsible
party for the Wireless Service Account is a business, corporation or a governmental
entity, entered into between July 1, 1999 and December 31, 2008 and whose claims
relate in any way to an Early Termination Fee or use of an Early Termination Fee
in a fixed-term subscriber agreement, and/or use or propriety of a fixed-term subscriber
agreement whether the term was for the initial fixed-term subscriber agreement or
subsequent extensions or renewals to the fixed-term subscriber agreement for whatever
reason and/or who were charged by or paid an Early Termination Fee to Sprint, Nextel
and/or Sprint Nextel, excluding only the Ayyad Class Claims and Persons whose right
to sue Sprint Nextel as a Settlement Class Member is otherwise barred by a prior
settlement agreement and/or prior final adjudication on the merits. The Settlement
Class includes Persons who were subject to an ETF, whether or not they paid any
portion of the ETF either to Sprint, Nextel and/or Sprint Nextel or to any outside
collection agency or at all, and includes persons who are prosecuting excluded claims
to the extent such persons have claims other than those expressly excluded. Also
excluded from the Class are members of the judiciary, Defendants, any entity in
which they have a controlling interest, and their officers and directors, and the
members of their immediate families are excluded.
Please click on the Case Documents tab for more information.
What are the terms of the Settlement?
Sprint Nextel has agreed to pay $14 million into a Common Fund. Sprint Nextel will
also provide up to $3.5 million in Non-Cash Benefits. The Common Fund shall be distributed
to Claimants after deduction of attorney's fees, incentive awards, and costs of
notice and administration of the settlement. Under the settlement, Settlement Class
Members submitting an Approved Claim will receive a choice of benefits, including
either a full or pro rata distribution based upon a number of factors that are set
forth in four (4) categories. Some of the factors are whether an ETF was paid, only
charged and when the service agreement was terminated.
What do I need to do to participate in this settlement?
Submit A Claim Form:
If you wish to participate in the settlement you may complete an electronic claim
form by on clicking the menu to the left or receive a hard copy claim form in the
mail by calling 1-800-916-6940. Please refer to the Long Form Notice and the Settlement
Agreement to determine if you qualify for a benefit and the amount of any such benefit.
Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the deadline to submit Claim
Forms (except for claimants seeking Category IV benefits) is Saturday April 17,
2010. All Claim Forms (except for Claim Forms submitted by claimants seeking Category
IV benefits) must be electronically filed or postmarked by April 17, 2010. (As per
the Settlement Agreement, the deadline for submitting a Category IV benefit Claim
Form is January 1, 2011). Please note that benefits under the Settlement Agreement
may not be distributed until any and all appeals regarding the Court's approval
of the Settlement have been exhausted or resolved. Click on Order, Opinion or Final
Judgment to view.
For additional information, including the settlement documents, you can contact
the Claims Administrator via e-mail at
email@example.com or by calling 1-800-916-6940.
What do I do after I file my claim?
There will be a summary page at the end of the claim filing process that you can
print and save for your reference. New information may be posted on this website
when available; please check back here regularly for updates. You may also obtain
additional information about the Settlement, and information about deadlines, by
telephoning 1-800-916-6940, or writing the Sprint ETF Settlement Administrator,
c/o Gilardi & Co., PO Box 6002, Larkspur, CA 94977-6002.
Please remember to not call or write to Sprint Nextel, their attorneys or the
Court regarding this settlement.