Equity Late Fees Class Action Lawsuit

Welcome to the Official Website for the Equity Late Fees Class Action

Munguia-Brown, et al., v. Equity Residential, et al.

United States District Court, Northern District of California

Case No.  4:16-cv-01225-JSW-MEJ

  

If you are or were a tenant of an Equity Residential property in California at any time from September 3, 2010 to October 23, 2017, and your lease said that you could be charged a late fee of 5% of your outstanding balance or $50, whichever is greater, and you were charged a late fee during that time OR if you were a tenant of the “Woodland Park” Property in East Palo Alto, California, between December 1, 2011 and February 2016, and during that time Equity Residential charged you a $50 late fee, this class action lawsuit may affect your rights.

Four former Equity Residential tenants in California have brought a class action lawsuit against Equity Residential and its subsidiaries (“Defendants”), arguing that Equity Residential’s late fee policy violates California law. The Court has ruled that the lawsuit can proceed as a “class action” on behalf of two “classes” of tenants. The Court has not yet decided whether Equity Residential did anything wrong, and Defendants contend their late fee policy complies with the law. There is no money available to you now, and no guarantee there will be. 

Although the information in this website is intended to assist potential Class Members, it does not replace the information contained in the Notices located HERE

Your Options at this time:

REMAIN PART OF THE CLASS (REQUIRES NO ACTION BY YOU AT THIS TIME)

Stay in this lawsuit. Keep right to recover money in this case. Give up right to bring your own case.
By doing nothing, you keep the possibility of getting money or benefits that may come from a trial or a settlement in this case. But you may give up the right to bring your own independent lawsuit against Equity Residential challenging its late fee policy.

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED FROM THIS CASE (REQUIRES ACTION BY FEBRUARY 2, 2018 OR AUGUST 20, 2018)

Exclude yourself from this lawsuit. Get no benefits from it. Keep the right to bring your own case.
If you do not want to participate in the Class Action, and you were sent a Notice on or after June 2018, then you must postmark your exclusion request letter by August 20, 2018 to Equity Residential Claims Administrator, P.O. Box 404041, Louisville, KY, 40233-4041.  An exclusion request letter must state that you want to be excluded from the Class in this case and include your name, address, telephone number, and signature. If you previously were sent a Notice prior to June 2018, the deadline to exclude yourself has passed.