This Summary Class Notice informs you about the settlement of Laura Scattergood v. Z Gallerie, LLC, case number 37-2016- 00027074-CU-BT-NC (the "Action"). Laura Scattergood represents a class of persons described as all consumers in California who (1) possess a Z Gallerie gift card which has a balance of less than $10.00, or (2) possessed a Z Gallerie gift card between August 8, 2012 and May 26, 2017, which had a balance of less than $10.00, but disposed it after being informed by a Z Gallerie employee in California that it could not be redeemed for cash. Z Gallerie denies any wrongdoing. The Parties concluded it is in their best interests to settle the Action to avoid the expense and uncertainty of ongoing litigation. The Court did not decide which side was right, but both sides agreed to the Settlement.
For additional information regarding this settlement, the Full Class Notice is available at www.zgsettlement.com.
The Court has preliminarily approved the following settlement terms: Z Gallerie has agreed to (1) fully comply with Civil Code section 1749.5 in its California locations; (2) thoroughly review its policies and practices regarding redeeming its gift; (3) hold at least one training session for its existing guest-facing employees in its California locations for purposes of reviewing its gift card redemption policies; (4) train and advise new employees that California law requires that a gift card must be redeemed for cash, upon a customer's request, when the gift card balance falls below $10.00; (5) post a reasonably sized notice in an employee-only area stating that California law requires that a gift card must be redeemed for cash, upon a customer's request, when the gift card balance falls below $10.00; (6) post a notice, visible to its customers in each of its California locations, stating that Z Gallerie gift cards with balances under $10 are redeemable for cash; (7) publish on its web page that in California, Z Gallerie gift cards with balances under $10 are redeemable for cash; (8) perform internal audits of its compliance with the terms of a settlement agreement; (9) participate in a claims process, whereby any Settlement Class Member who submits a timely and valid claim attesting to have possessed a Z Gallerie gift card which was purchased between August 8, 2012 through May 26, 2017, which had a balance of less than $10.00, but disposed of it upon being informed by a Z Gallerie employee in California that it could not be redeemed for cash, will receive a replacement eGift Card or Personalized PDF Merchandise Voucher valued at $9.99. The number of eGift Cards or Personalized PDF Merchandise Vouchers to be claimed by Settlement Class Members shall be limited to the first 1,361 valid and timely claims. The claims period will end 120 days after the Effective Date. Finally, subject to Court approval, the Plaintiff, as the class representative, will receive an incentive award of $1,500.00 (one-thousand five-hundred dollars), and the attorneys for the Class will be paid $60,000.00 (sixty thousand dollars) total for their attorneys' fees and all costs, including certain administration costs.
To exclude yourself from the case and settlement, you may send a written request, postmarked no later than August 9, 2017, to Fineman Poliner LLP, 155 N. Riverview Drive, Anaheim Hills, California 92808, listing case number 37-2016-00027074-CU- BT-NC and asking to "opt out" -- exclusion means you will not be bound by the settlement or any resulting judgment and you will not be eligible to receive certain benefits. You can object to the settlement by complying with the applicable procedures in the Full Class Notice on the website no later than August 9, 2017.