Niantic launches official website and agrees to pay $1,575,000 to settle all Pokémon GO Fest claims

Pokémon GO developer Niantic has agreed to pay $1,575,000 to settle all Pokémon GO Fest claims. Niantic has also launched its official website for the Pokémon GO Fest settlement:

Welcome to the Official Website for the Pokémon GO Fest Settlement

 

IF YOU ATTENDED THE POKÉMON GO FEST IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS ON JULY 22, 2017, THE NOTICE CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT PERTAINS TO YOU. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. YOU MAY GET A PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, BUT YOU NEED TO SUBMIT A FORM TO DO SO.

Defendant Niantic, Inc. (“Niantic”) has agreed to pay a total of $1,575,000 to settle all claims alleged against it in the class action lawsuit, Norton, et al. v. Niantic, Inc., Case No. 2017 CH 10281, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (the “Class Action Lawsuit”), any fact and/or circumstance related to issues that prevented Pokémon GO Fest attendees from being able to play Pokémon GO during the Pokémon GO Fest, or any fact and/or circumstance which has been alleged, or which could have been alleged, in the Class Action Lawsuit. The proposed settlement (“the Settlement”) is a compromise of all claims by Plaintiffs including allegations of violations of Illinois, Washington, and California consumer protection statutes, misrepresentation, and unjust enrichment in connection with technical issues that prevented attendees from playing Pokémon GO during the Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, Illinois on July 22, 2017. Settlement Class Members are those individuals who had a valid ticket for and attended the Pokémon GO Fest.

This website provides information about the Settlement in answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Although the information in  this website is intended to assist potential class members, it does not replace the information contained in the Notice or the Settlement Agreement, both of which can be downloaded from this website.

RECEIVE YOUR SHARE OF THE SETTLEMENT If you are a member of the Settlement Class, you may be eligible for a payment and you must submit a properly completed Claim Form and provide supporting documentation by July 24, 2018. Unless you take affirmative steps to exclude yourself from this Settlement, you will be bound by the Release.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF You have the option to exclude yourself, or “Opt-Out” of this Settlement. If you do so, you will get no payment. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against Niantic, Inc. based on the allegations made in this case. The deadline for excluding yourself from the Settlement is July 9, 2018.
OBJECT Write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. The deadline for submitting a written objection to the Settlement is July 9, 2018.
DO NOTHING If you do nothing, then, if you are eligible and not excluded you’ll automatically be part of the Settlement Class. If you do not submit the Claim Form, you will receive no monetary benefits from this Settlement but you will be bound by the Final Approval Order approving the Settlement.
GO TO THE FINAL APPROVAL HEARING You are not required to attend or speak at the Final Approval Hearing. If you submit a timely and valid written objection to the Settlement, the Court will consider your objection without any further action on your part. But, if you wish, you may request permission to speak at the Final Approval Hearing. The Final Approval Hearing is presently scheduled for September 6, 2018.

Source: Official Website for the Pokémon GO Fest Settlement

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