Will Gendron
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Published
July 9, 2024 2:16 AM
Updated
July 24, 2024
Value Finance $350K Improper Repossession Notices Settlement
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
$3,700 on average
Deadline:
SUBMIT CLAIM

If you received a notice from Value Finance, Inc. following the repossession of your vehicle between February 6, 2013, and June 5, 2021, you may be eligible to claim a portion of a $350,000 settlement from a class action settlement.

Value Finance, Inc. has agreed to pay $350,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for allegedly failing to send borrowers proper notice of their rights after vehicle repossession and sale.

Can I Claim an Award?

To be eligible for an award, you must be a borrower who received a notice from Value Finance following the repossession of your vehicle between February 6, 2013, and June 5, 2021. The official settlement website states that Value Finance's records reflect that you and any co-borrower on your vehicle loan were sent such a notice during this period.

The court has preliminarily certified the class, which includes all borrowers who were sent notices after their vehicle was repossessed within the specified period. This means that if you fall within this group, you are automatically considered a class member and eligible for the settlement benefits.

What Does the Settlement Provide for Me?

The settlement provides several benefits for class members:

  • Cash Component: Value Finance has agreed to create a Settlement Fund of $350,000. After deducting administrative costs, Class Counsel fees and expenses, and a service award for the Class Representative, the remaining Net Fund will be distributed to the class members. If fees and expenses are allowed as requested, it is expected that your cash payment will be the amount stated in the notice you received, unless there were multiple borrowers on your loan, in which case you will receive a portion of this amount. This amount will be sent to you by check unless you promptly contact the Settlement Administrator at info@valuefinancereposettlement.com to request one of the other available payment methods.
  • Credit Reporting Relief: Value Finance will request that the credit reporting agencies update your credit report to remove any reference to the auto loan account with Value Finance. Details about how and when this will be done, and limits on Value Finance’s obligation to provide credit reporting relief, are spelled out further in the Settlement Agreement.
  • Elimination of Disputed Deficiency Balances: If you have been advised by Value Finance that there is a shortfall after the auction of your repossessed vehicle, that balance claimed due is called a “Deficiency” or “Deficiency Balance.” Your Deficiency Balance on your vehicle loan will be eliminated as a result of this settlement. The average Deficiency Balance claimed due is around $3,700. Yours could be more or less than this amount.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

Not applicable. You do not need to provide any proof to claim your award. The Settlement Administrator already has your information, and you will receive a payment and any credit reporting benefit automatically, assuming court approval of the Settlement.

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you do not need to take any further action. You will automatically receive your payment and any credit reporting benefit if the court approves the settlement. However, if you prefer a different payment method other than a check, you should promptly contact the Settlement Administrator at info@valuefinancereposettlement.com to request one of the other available payment methods.

Submitting a Claim

Since you do not need to submit a claim proactively, you will automatically receive your award. However, if you need to update your contact information, you can do so by contacting the Settlement Administrator.

How do I Get Paid?

You will receive your payment by check unless you contact the Settlement Administrator to request a different payment method. Ensure your contact information is up-to-date to avoid any delays in receiving your payment.

$350,000 Settlement Fund Breakdown

The total settlement amount is $350,000. This amount will cover administrative costs, Class Counsel fees and expenses, and a service award for the Class Representative.

The Class Counsel has requested $140,000 for fees and up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses. The Class Representative will receive a $12,500 service award for her time and effort in bringing this case.

The remaining Net Fund will be distributed to the class members.

Important Dates

  • Exclusion/Opt-Out Deadline: 07/05/2024
  • Objection Deadline: 07/05/2024
  • Notice of Appearance Deadline: 07/05/2024
  • Final Approval Hearing: 09/10/2024 at 8:30 A.M.

When will Awards be Paid?

Awards will be paid after the court approves the settlement and any appeals are resolved. This process may take time, so please be patient.

Why is There a Class Action Settlement?

The lawsuit claims that Value Finance violated Pennsylvania law by failing to send its borrowers proper notice after repossessing and reselling their vehicles. The Plaintiff asserts that the notices sent by Value Finance failed to contain disclosures required under Pennsylvania law. Value Finance denies these claims but has agreed to settle to avoid the costs and risks associated with continuing the lawsuit.

What Happens Next?

The court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on September 10, 2024, to decide whether to approve the settlement. If the court approves the settlement, payments will be made, and other settlement benefits will be provided after any appeals are resolved.

Notice Letter

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Status
Pending Court Approval
Category
Banking
Settlement Amount
$350,000
Award
$3,700 on average
Is Proof Required?
No Proof
No Proof
Days Remaining to file Claim
Claim Deadline
Fairness Hearing
Final Approval Hearing
September 10, 2024
Case Number
10916 CD 2022
Case Title
Ashley Noble, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated v. Value Finance, Inc.
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Court
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Claims Administrator
Settlement Administrator PO Box 23309 Jacksonville, FL 32241 (888) 766-7516 info@valuefinancereposettlement.com
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