Is anyone signed up with Classmates. Com?

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Beadlady, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. Beadlady

    Beadlady Member

    I've been thinking about it, as there are several close old friends I have been trying to find--we have lost contact over the last 5 years. I graduated from high school over 30 years ago.

    I am partially signed up, but not to where I can get any real help.

    Any comments would be appreciated.
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  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    as last year was our 40th reunion.

    It was mostly not really necessary ultimately as the organizers of the reunion set up a separate facebook page for it, also for biographies.

    However I did have a couple of old friends look me up thru it before any of us were on FB, and of course with married female friends it's almost impossible to find them on FB unless you do know what their last name is. And of course not everyone IS on FB.

    And/but here's a catch:
    I ended up paying for 2 years instead of one because there's a special box to check concerning when it will expire. I remembered to cancel it on the day it expired, but turns out their rules (sneaky cuz no one remembers hardly) are that you have to cancel it the day BEFORE the actual last day.

    So if you do join, be sure to check out what boxes to check, I totally missed it.

    Hope that helps.


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  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    I signed up w/ Classmates a while back. Ten years? Anyhoo I found half a dozen
    old classmates.

    Rock
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    because I've never been spammed by them... outside of an email about 1X per 2-4 weeks. Don't get any other email from their allied sites either.

    Worst is the competing site, I think it's called yourlife (?) - they DO constantly spam me, I've had to unsubscribe completely.

    As far as people acting just like they did in HS... well yeah... why do you think they would haunt a site for HS beyond just connecting with old friends, LOL? Some people never grow up, that's for sure.

    “We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves”
    (-May Lamberton Becker)

    “A grownup is a child with layers on.”
    (-Woody Harrelson)


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  5. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    A "Proposed" class action lawsuit against Classmates.com

    After just skimming over it ... It seems to say that if you agree Not to be a part of it, you will get 2 or 3 dollars off a membership (or something like that I think. It's in legal sounding gobledygook language). I think this email is just pathetic marketing scam by classmates.com
    - a new low ... even for classmates. That's my opinion.
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    Wait, I just tried to post that website her but it just goes to my email.
    I'll "Reply" to this post so you can read it.
    HEY ROCK! ... being an attorney, CAN YOU GIVE US YOUR OPINION?

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  6. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
    In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation, Case No. 09-cv-0045-RAJ

    NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

    TO: ALL MEMBERS OF THE SETTLEMENT CLASS, AS DEFINED IN THIS NOTICE

    A SETTLEMENT HAS BEEN PROPOSED THAT WILL AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THE SETTLEMENT CLASS OR SETTLEMENT SUBCLASS DESCRIBED BELOW. PURSUANT TO THIS SETTLEMENT, IN ADDITION TO THE INJUNCTIVE RELIEF BEING OFFERED, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM TO RECEIVE BENEFITS UNDER THE SETTLEMENT.

    PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY.

    1. WHY DID I GET THIS SETTLEMENT NOTICE?

    The purpose of this Notice is to inform you that a proposed settlement (the "Settlement") has been reached in the consolidated class action lawsuit entitled In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Case No. 09-cv-0045-RAJ (the "Litigation"). This Notice explains the Litigation, the Settlement, your legal rights, the injunctive relief being offered through the Settlement, what additional benefits are available, who is eligible for them, and how to get benefits if you are eligible.

    2. WHAT IS THIS LAWSUIT ABOUT?

    In this Litigation, Plaintiffs assert class action claims against Classmates Online, Inc., Classmates Media Corporation, and United Online, Inc. ("Defendants"). Complaints filed in the action allege, among other things, that Defendants sent email messages to subscribers of w ww.classmates.com that were in violation of the law and engaged in conduct that had the potential to violate w ww.classmates.com users’ privacy rights. Defendants have denied and continue to deny Plaintiffs’ allegations and maintain that Defendants have not engaged in any wrongful conduct. Defendants also contend that the Litigation is not suitable for class action treatment. Defendants have nevertheless concluded that it is in their best interests that this Litigation be resolved subject to and on the terms and conditions set forth in the Settlement Agreement.

    This Settlement is the result of arm’s-length negotiations between Plaintiffs in the Litigation, individually and on behalf of the Settlement Class and Settlement Subclass, and Defendants. Both sides agree that, in light of the risks and expenses associated with continued litigation, this Settlement is fair and appropriate under the circumstances. Plaintiffs further believe that this Settlement is in the best interests of the Settlement Class and Settlement Subclass. Please be advised that the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington has not ruled on the merits of Plaintiffs’ claims or Defendants’ defenses and, therefore, you should not make any assumptions about the strengths or weaknesses of the claims or defenses in the Litigation.

    3. WHO IS COVERED BY THE SETTLEMENT?

    For settlement purposes, the parties have stipulated to the certification of a Settlement Class and a Settlement Subclass, as defined below.

    "Settlement Class"


    All Persons, excluding Settlement Subclass members, residing in the United States who were registered with or subscribed to w ww.classmates.com at any time between October 30, 2004 and April 19, 2010.

    "Settlement Subclass"


    All Persons residing in the United States who registered with or subscribed to w ww.classmates.com between January 1, 2007 and April 19, 2010, and who paid for a Gold Membership subscription to w ww.classmates.com (and did not previously receive a refund of such payment) as a result of:

    1. Upgrading to a Gold Membership through the process on Classmates.com of seeking to see who visited their Guestbook; or

    2. Upgrading to a Gold Membership after clicking on a link to Classmates.com in a Guestbook email, or Connections email that included a Guestbook subject line, and upgrading to a Gold Membership within the same session activated by clicking on that link or within the same day of clicking on that link; or

    3. Upgrading to a Gold Membership within the same day of receiving a Guestbook email or Connections email that included a Guestbook subject line.

    You are receiving this Notice because you have been identified from Defendants’ records as a potential Settlement Class member. According to Defendants’ records, you do not appear to be a Settlement Subclass member. There is no overlap between the membership of the Settlement Class and the Settlement Subclass. If you have any questions regarding your claim, please contact the Settlement Administrator at the address listed in Section 5 below.

    4. AS A SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBER, WHAT AM I ENTITLED TO?

    In addition to injunctive relief, as a Settlement Class member, if you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement and if you timely submit a Valid Claim Form, you are entitled to receive a credit of $2.00 off of the purchase or renewal of a w ww.classmates.com Gold Membership. Under the Settlement Agreement, Settlement Subclass members are entitled to receive either a cash payment of $3.00 or a credit of $2.00 off of the purchase or renewal of a w ww.classmates.com Gold Membership.

    In addition to its cash and credit components, the Settlement also provides, on a non-opt out basis, for Defendants to provide injunctive relief to all Settlement Class and Settlement Subclass members. A description of the injunctive relief that Defendants are providing is set forth at the following website: www.cmemailsettlement.com.

    5. HOW CAN I GET THE CREDIT THAT I AM ENTITLED TO?

    To receive a credit of $2.00 off of the purchase or renewal of a w ww.classmates.com Gold Membership as a Settlement Class member, you must fit the description of a Settlement Class member and timely send a Valid Claim Form to the Settlement Administrator. To download a copy of the Settlement Class Claim Form, click this link, or go to https://cert.gardencitygroup.com/clm/fs/claim and input the following Claim number and Control number:

    Claim # 125282227
    Control # 0062140460

    Please read the Settlement Class Claim Form’s instructions carefully, fill it out in its entirety, sign it under penalty of perjury, and either electronically submit your Settlement Class Claim Form not later than August 17, 2010 11:59:59 p.m. PDT or mail your Settlement Class Claim Form via First Class U.S. Mail, postmarked not later than August 17, 2010 to:

    In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation
    c/o The Garden City Group, Inc.
    P.O. Box 9481
    Dublin, OH 43017-4581
    claimforms@cmemailsettlement.com

    If you misplace the Settlement Class Claim Form or you are not able to access it through the above link, please contact the Settlement Administrator at the address shown above immediately to obtain a copy of the Settlement Class Claim Form.

    If you timely submit a Settlement Class Claim Form, are a valid member of the Settlement Class, and the form is deemed to be a Valid Claim Form, you will receive an email from the Settlement Administrator after the Settlement is finally approved by the Court and any appeals have been exhausted. That email will contain a code, which will expire if not redeemed within forty-five (45) calendar days of its receipt, and instructions for utilizing the $2.00 credit. If you are a current Gold member whose membership is not set to expire within the next forty-five (45) days, you can still take advantage of the $2.00 credit by redeeming it within the forty-five (45) day window. Redeeming the credit will cause an additional membership period to be added to the end of your current membership term.

    6. WHEN WOULD I BE ABLE TO USE THE CREDIT?

    The Court will hold a hearing on October 27, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. PDT at the United States District Court, Western District of Washington, before the Honorable Richard A. Jones, Courtroom 13128, 700 Stewart Street, Seattle, Washington 98101, to decide whether to order final approval of the Settlement and entry of judgment dismissing the litigation. If the Court approves the Settlement, and you have followed the Claim Form procedures outlined in Section 5, and after any appeals have been exhausted, you will receive the email referenced above from the Settlement Administrator.

    7. WHAT AM I GIVING UP TO RECEIVE THE CREDIT OR STAY IN THE CLASS?

    Unless you exclude yourself, you will remain a member of the Settlement Class. Being a member of the Settlement Class means that you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendants about the legal issues in this case. It also means that all of the Court’s orders in this case will apply to you and legally bind you.

    8. HOW DO I OPT OUT OF THE SETTLEMENT?

    If you do not want to receive a credit from this Settlement and want to maintain the right to pursue your own claim against Defendants, then you must take steps to opt out. This is called "excluding yourself" from, or is sometimes referred to as "opting out" of, the Settlement Class.

    To exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you must submit a written Request for Exclusion. Such request must include your full legal name, mailing address, email address, your signature (or in the case of a person who is deceased or incapacitated, the signature of that person’s legally authorized representative), and substantially the following statement, "I want to opt out of the class certified in the In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation." You must either electronically submit your exclusion request not later than August 17, 2010 11:59:59 p.m. PDT or mail your exclusion request via First Class U.S. Mail, postmarked not later than August 17, 2010, to:

    In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation
    c/o The Garden City Group, Inc.
    P.O. Box 9481
    Dublin, OH 43017-4581
    http://www.cmemailsettlement.com/exclusion.php

    Failure to comply with any of these requirements may invalidate your attempt to exclude yourself. If you ask to be excluded, you will not be entitled to a $2.00 credit, and you cannot object to that aspect of the Settlement.

    The injunctive relief being offered by the Settlement will be provided to all Settlement Class and Settlement Subclass members, whether or not they choose to exclude themselves.

    9. IF I DON’T EXCLUDE MYSELF, CAN I SUE DEFENDANTS FOR THE SAME THING LATER?

    No. You must exclude yourself from the lawsuit in order to maintain the right to sue Defendants for the claims released through this Settlement. If you have a pending lawsuit against Defendants, speak to your lawyer in that case immediately.

    10. IF I EXCLUDE MYSELF, CAN I GET PAYMENT OR CREDIT FROM THIS SETTLEMENT?

    No. If you exclude yourself from this Settlement, you are also excluding yourself from obtaining the credit offered by the Settlement, and any Claim Form you submit will not be valid.

    11. DO I HAVE A LAWYER IN THIS CASE?

    The Court has authorized the following lawyers to represent you and other Settlement Class and Settlement Subclass members:

    KELLER ROHRBACK L.L.P
    Mark A. Griffin
    Amy Williams-Derry
    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
    Seattle, Washington 98101

    KABATECK BROWN KELLNER L.L.P.
    Richard L. Kellner
    644 South Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, California 90017

    These lawyers are called "Class Counsel." You will not be charged for these lawyers’ fees. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

    12. HOW WILL CLASS COUNSEL BE PAID?

    Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees and costs to be paid in conjunction with this Settlement. Defendants have agreed not to oppose Class Counsel’s request to the Court for attorneys’ fees up to $1.3 million, plus costs. Costs may include participation awards of up to $2,500 for each of the two Lead Plaintiffs. Fees and costs that are awarded by the Court will be paid by Defendants separately and will not affect your entitlement to benefits under this Settlement. You will not be obligated to pay any attorneys’ fees or costs as a Settlement Class member, nor will any award of attorneys’ fees, costs, or participation awards by the Court reduce the amount of Settlement benefit available to Settlement Class or Settlement Subclass members.

    13. CAN I TELL THE COURT THAT I DON’T LIKE THE SETTLEMENT?

    If you are a Settlement Class member, and you do not request exclusion from the Settlement Class, you may object to the Settlement if you like. The Court will consider your views. To object, you must file with the Court a written notice of intent to object. The written notice of intent to object must contain a caption that includes In re Classmates.com Consolidated Litigation, Case No. 09-cv-0045-RAJ. The written notice of intent to object must also include your name, address, telephone number, your signature, and must state whether you intend to appear at the Final Approval Hearing. If you are represented by counsel, your written notice of intent to object must also include the name, address, bar number and telephone number of your counsel, and state whether your counsel intends to appear at the Final Approval Hearing. If you are represented by counsel and your counsel intends to speak at the Final Approval Hearing, the written notice of intent to object must also contain: (a) a detailed statement of the specific legal and factual basis for each and every objection; and (b) a detailed description of any and all evidence you may offer at the Final Approval Hearing, including copies of any and all exhibits that you may introduce.

    You must file your written notice of intent to object with the Clerk of the Court not later than August 17, 2010. You must also mail the objection to Class Counsel and to Defense Counsel by First Class U.S. Mail, so that it is received not later than August 17, 2010. The addresses for the Court, Class Counsel, and Defense Counsel are below.
    THE COURT
    The Honorable Richard A. Jones
    U.S. Courthouse
    700 Stewart Street, Suite 13128
    Seattle, WA 98101 CLASS COUNSEL
    KELLER ROHRBACK L.L.P.
    Mark. A. Griffin
    Amy Williams-Derry
    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98101

    KABATECK BROWN KELLNER L.L.P.
    Richard L. Kellner
    644 South Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90017 DEFENSE COUNSEL
    DLA PIPER LLP (US)
    Stellman Keehnel
    Russ Wuehler
    701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 7000
  7. victoria

    victoria New Member

    maybe all their spam went to my spam box? (Which I almost never look at)
    Cuz I didn't get any of this, TG.

    But now I understand why some are so upset, I would be too.

  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Looks like there are two significant numbers in this notice: $2 and $l.3 million.

    If you are a member of the class and take the necessary steps set forth above,
    you can get a $2 discount on a Classmates membership. If you think you'd be
    better off dealing with grocery coupons, you are absolutely right.

    The big number is the legal fee the plaintiff firm gets pending approval by
    the judge.

    Anyone interested in the history of class action lawsuits and the purposes of
    same, can check it out on Wikipedia.

    Lex de minimis non curat.

    Rock
  9. JimB51

    JimB51 Member

    1.3 million $$ sounds good to me. Unfortunately I don't own the law firm.

    But hey, taking two whole dollars off the purchase price of an unwanted membership ... WOW!
    This must be my lucky day.
  10. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    for many years. Howevewr,with the advent of Facebook,I'm going to cancel my classmates membership.~~~Jeanne
  11. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I am as well. Be careful tho to check WHEN you have to cancel itby, they're devious and I got stuck with an extra year I didn't want.

  12. Gingareeree

    Gingareeree New Member

    the same class action info as Jim....ohhhh..my eyes just glazed over.....
  13. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Rock and Jim did all the work for us...

    bottom line seems to be, do you really want to re-sign up for $2 off?