Attention: A Settlement has been Preliminarily Approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in a class action lawsuit seeking damages incurred following a power outage on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island that began on July 27, 2017 (hereafter referred to as the “Incident”). Your rights may be affected if you a member of the following classes:
Business Class: All businesses located and/or operating on Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands during the time of the Incident. This Class does not include persons or entities renting homes to Vacationers. If you are a Business Class Member, you must submit a Business Claim Form.
Rental/Vacationer Class: All persons who rented a vacation property on Hatteras or Ocracoke Islands during the time of the Incident (the “Vacationers”), together with all persons or entities that rented homes to Vacationers. If you are a Vacationer Class Member, you must submit a Vacationer Claim Form. If you are a Rental Property Owner Class Member, you must submit a Rental Property Owner Claim Form.
Resident Class: All permanent residents of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands at the time of the Incident. If you are a Resident Class Member, you must submit a Resident Claim Form.
To be eligible to receive a share of the proposed Settlement, you must submit a timely and valid Claim Form. The Claim Forms must be postmarked, emailed, or submitted online no later than October 15, 2018.
October 15, 2018 - Deadline to Mail or Submit a Claim Form
July 31, 2018 - Deadline to Mail an Exclusion Request
July 31, 2018 - Deadline to File an Objection
September 4, 2018 - Deadline to File a Notice to Appear
September 14, 2018 - Final Approval Hearing
If there is no claim form submitted (or a request for exclusion submitted) by the above deadline and the court approves the Settlement, all persons with a legal interest in the Business, all persons associated with the Vacation Rental, all persons with any Ownership Interest in the Rental Property, and all Residents will be bound by the Terms of the Settlement, but they will not receive any money under the Settlement.
THE NOTICE CONTAINS IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES. STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH THESE DATES AND DEADLINES IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED.