Metzner, et al. v. Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac University Settlement
Case No. 3:20-cv-00784-KAD

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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  • A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit between Defendant Quinnipiac University (“Defendant” or “Quinnipiac”) and certain individuals who have alleged that they, and the Settlement Class Members, are entitled to partial refunds of tuition and fees for the Spring 2020 Semester because Quinnipiac transitioned to remote learning in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with State of Connecticut mandates. The case is Metzner et al. v. Quinnipiac University, Case No. 3:20-cv-00784-KAD, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut (the “Lawsuit”). A Court authorized the notice because you had a right to know about a proposed Settlement of this class action lawsuit and about all of your options, before the Court decided to give final approval to the Settlement. The Notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, and your legal rights.

    The Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint, the Settlement Agreement, and other case-related documents are available on the Important Documents page.

  • The lawsuit alleges that students who attended Quinnipiac for the Spring 2020 semester are entitled to partial refunds of tuition and fees because Quinnipiac transitioned to remote learning in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with State of Connecticut mandates. Quinnipiac denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing, liability, and damages asserted, and Quinnipiac denies that the claims in the Lawsuit would be appropriate for class treatment if the litigation proceeded through trial.

  • A class action is a lawsuit in which one or more persons called a “Class Representative” sues on behalf of people with similar claims. These people together are a “Settlement Class” or “Settlement Class Members.” The Settlement, if finally approved by the Court, resolves the issues for all Settlement Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Settlement Class.

  • The Plaintiffs and Quinnipiac have determined that it is in their best interests to settle to avoid the expenses and uncertainties associated with continued litigation. This Settlement resolves all claims asserted in the case against Quinnipiac and its affiliated persons and entities. The Plaintiffs and the attorneys for the Settlement Class believe the proposed settlement is in the best interests of the Class. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Quinnipiac and does not imply that there has been, or would be, any finding that Quinnipiac violated any law if the case were to move forward. Quinnipiac denies each and every allegation of wrongdoing and liability in the Lawsuit. The Court did not reach a decision on the merits of the Lawsuit. The Court has preliminarily approved the Settlement and ordered that the notice be provided to explain it. Nevertheless, because the settlement of a class action determines the rights of all members of the class, the court overseeing this lawsuit must give final approval to the Settlement before it can be effective. The Court has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for settlement purposes only, so that Settlement Class Members receive the Notice and have the opportunity to exclude themselves from the Settlement Class or to voice their support for or opposition to final approval of the Settlement. 

  • You are a member of the Settlement Class if you were a Quinnipiac undergraduate or graduate student for whom any amount of tuition and/or fees was paid from any source (e.g., the student’s own funds, funding from a parent or other family member, loan, or non-Quinnipiac scholarship) to Defendant for the Spring 2020 Semester, and whose tuition and fees have not been refunded in their entirety. Excluded from the Settlement Class are (1) any Judge or Magistrate Judge presiding over this Action and members of their families; (2) the Defendant, Defendant’s subsidiaries, parent companies, successors, predecessors, and any entity in which the Defendant or its parents have a controlling interest and their current or former officers, directors, agents, and attorneys; (3) persons who properly execute and file a timely request for exclusion from the class; (4) the legal representatives, successors or assigns of any such excluded persons; and (5) Quinnipiac undergraduate or graduate students that received a full Quinnipiac scholarship for the Spring 2020 Semester.

  • Now that the Settlement is final, Defendants will establish a Settlement Fund totaling $2,500,000.00. Class Member payments, and the cost to administer the Settlement, the cost to inform people about the Settlement, attorneys’ fees (inclusive of litigation costs), and an award to the Class Representative will also come out of this fund.

     

  • The Court granted Final Approval on April 10, 2023. Now that the Settlement is final, you should receive a check or electronic payment, Venmo or PayPal if elected, from the Settlement Administrator within 60 days after the Settlement has been finally approved and/or any appeals process is complete. If you elected to receive your payment via check, please keep in mind that checks will expire and become void 180 days after they are issued. Any remaining funds after distribution of all checks will be donated to the Quinnipiac university Financial Aid Appeals Fund. We estimate that payments will be issued to Class Members on approximately July 20, 2023. 

    Updated information about the case will be made available on this website, or you can call the Settlement Administrator at 1-877-415-0643, or contact Class Counsel at the information provided below in FAQ 10.

  • If you had wanted to exclude yourself from the Settlement, you could have written to the Settlement Administrator about why you wanted to exclude yourself from the Settlement by no later than March 13, 2023. The deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement has passed.

  • If you did not exclude yourself, you cannot sue the Defendant for the same thing later. Unless you excluded yourself, you gave up any right to sue the Defendants for the claims being resolved by this Settlement.

  • No. If you excluded yourself, you cannot get a payment from this Settlement. If you excluded yourself, you should not have submitted a Claim Form to ask for benefits because you won’t receive any.

  • If you are a Class Member, you could have objected to the Settlement if you didn’t like any part of it. To object, you must have filed with the Court a letter or brief stating that you object to the Settlement and sent a copy to Class Counsel and Defendant’s Counsel by no later than March 13, 2023.

    Class Counsel filed with the Court and posted on the website its request for attorneys’ fees.

    If you wanted to appear and speak at the Final Approval Hearing to object to the Settlement, with or without a lawyer, you must have said so in your letter or brief. The deadline to file an objection was March 13, 2023, and has passed.

  • Now that the Settlement has become final, you gave up your right to sue the Defendant and other Released Parties for the claims being resolved by this Settlement. The specific claims you gave up against the Defendant are described in the Settlement Agreement. You have “released” the Defendant and certain of its affiliates, employees and representatives as described in Section 1.24 of the Settlement Agreement. Unless you excluded yourself, you “released” the claims.

    The Settlement Agreement is available on the Important Documents page. The Settlement Agreement provides more detail regarding the Releases and describes the Released Claims with specific descriptions in necessary, accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully. If you have any questions, you can talk for free to the attorneys identified below who have been appointed by the Court to represent the Settlement Class, or you are welcome to talk to any other lawyer of your choosing at your own expense.

  • The Court has approved these attorneys to represent the Settlement Class. They are called “Class Counsel.” You will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

    Joshua D. Arisohn, Esq.
    Alec M. Leslie, Esq.
    BURSOR & FISHER, P.A.
    888 Seventh Avenue
    New York, New York 10019
    Tel: (646) 837-7150
    jarisohn@bursor.com
    aleslie@bursor.com

    Steve W. Berman, Esq.
    Daniel J. Kurowski, Esq.
    Whitney K. Siehl, Esq.
    HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP
    455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Suite 2410
    Chicago, IL 60611
    T: (708) 628-4963
    steve@hbsslaw.com
    dank@hbsslaw.com
    whitneys@hbsslaw.com

    Craig A. Raabe, Esq.
    I ZARD KINDALL & RAABE LLP
    29 South Main Street, Suite 305
    West Hartford, CT 06107
    Tel: (860) 513-2939
    craabe@ikrlaw.com

  • Class Counsel Attorney’s Fees, Costs, and Expenses.

    The Defendant has agreed that Class Counsel attorneys’ fees and costs may be paid out of the Settlement Fund in an amount to be determined by the Court. The fee petition sought no more than 33% or $833,333.33 of the Settlement Fund, inclusive of reimbursement of their costs and expenses; the Court awarded less than this amount. Under the Settlement Agreement, any amount awarded to Class Counsel will be paid out of the Settlement Fund.

    Class Representative Compensation.

    Additionally, as approved by the Court, Defendant has agreed that the Class Representatives may receive a service award of $3,000 each from the Settlement Fund for their services in helping to bring and resolve this case.

  • The Court held the Final Approval Hearing on April 10, 2023. The purpose of the hearing was for the Court to determine whether to approve the Settlement as fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Class; to consider the Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees and expenses; and to consider the request for incentive awards to the Class Representatives. At that hearing, the Court was available to hear any objections and arguments concerning the fairness of the Settlement. The Court approved the Settlement and issued an Order on April 10, 2023, which can be viewed on the Important Documents page of the Settlement Website at www.QUSettlement.com.

  • The Notice is only a summary of the proposed Settlement. More details are in the Settlement Agreement which, along with other documents, can be obtained on the Important Documents page. If you have any questions, you can also call the Settlement Administrator at 1-877-415-0643 or Class Counsel at the numbers or email addresses in FAQ 10. Besides the documents available on the case website, all pleadings and documents filed in court may be reviewed or copied in the Office of the Clerk.

    Please do not contact the Judge or the Clerk of the Court or Quinnipiac University about this case. They cannot give you advice on your options.

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