If you are a Settlement Class Member, unless you excluded yourself, that means that you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Lyft about the legal claims in this case, and all of the decisions and judgments by the Court will bind you.
If you did nothing at all, you will be unable to file your own lawsuit involving all of the claims described and identified in the Settlement Agreement, and you will release Lyft from any liability but YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A CASH BENEFIT.
Remaining in the Settlement Class means that you, as well as your respective assigns, heirs, executors, administrators, successors and agents, will release, resolve, relinquish and discharge Lyft and the Released Parties from any and all claims, causes of action, suits, obligations, debts, demands, agreements, promises, liabilities, damages, losses, controversies, costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees of any nature whatsoever, whether based on any federal law, state law, common law, territorial law, tribal law, foreign law, contract, rule, regulation, any regulatory promulgation (including, but not limited to, any opinion or declaratory ruling), common law, or equity, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, asserted or unasserted, foreseen or unforeseen, actual or contingent, liquidated or unliquidated, punitive or compensatory, as of the date of the Final Approval Order, that arise out of or in any way relate to Lyft initiating, sending, or assisting in the transmission of any text message containing a Lyft-related advertisement, promotion, or invitation to Settlement Class Members during the Class Period (the “Released Claims”). Released Claims include all claims under the TCPA and any other federal law; all claims under Washington state law, including claims arising under CEMA and the CPA; and any other claims arising under the laws of all other states.
Remaining in the Settlement Class also means that you agree that you will not institute any action or cause of action (in law, in equity or administratively), suits, debts, liens, or claims, known or unknown, fixed or contingent, which you may have or claim to have, in state or federal court, in arbitration, or with any state, federal or local government agency or with any administrative or advisory body, arising from or reasonably related to the Released Claims.
The Settlement Agreement (available here) provides more detail regarding the release and describes the Released Claims with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully. You can talk to the law firms representing the Settlement Class (listed in Question 10) for free or you can, at your own expense, talk to your own lawyer if you have any questions about the Released Parties or the Released Claims or what they mean.
The release does not apply to Settlement Class Members who timely opt out of the Settlement as described below.