Are ALL plantifts in a class action lawsuit public record?
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If you accept the money, then no, your name will not be part of the public record. Class action settlements are handled by "third party administrators." The list of potential class members is typically limited to only the attorneys and the third party administrator. In some cases, even the attorneys do not get the class member list. By this stage of the case, however, the class action defendant has already funded the settlement and effectively "bought the peace" with the class. I've never heard from a class member who suffered retaliation simply for accepting the claim presented to them.
No, your name will not be made public simply by submitting a claim in a class action settlement. As a claimant in a class action settlement you are not a plaintiff, which is one of the parties named in the lawsuit; you are simply an a member of the class. So feel free to make your claim.
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The short answer to your question is no, your name will not be public. Only the names of the representatative plaintiffs are included in the publicly filed pleadings (like the Complaint) and the notice which was sent out to all affected class members, including by publication (which is how you saw it). The names of "absent class members" (which is what you are) are collected by the claims administrator as part of its charge to distribute the settlement funds. This list is typically only maintained for the duration of the lawsuit and is not filed of public record (as a matter of course). If you were to "opt out" of the class, your name might appear on a list of opt outs filed with the court. But, if you take the small amount of cash being offered in the Naked Juice settlement, you should get your check and have no fear of your identify ever being made public.
The class representative is the named plaintiff in the suit. Merely being a member of the class, you likely will not be a public records absent some interesting motion or evidentiary challenges.
I agree with the other answers posted so far, with the qualifier that your name would PROBABLY not be made public. There may be terms in the detailed settlement agreement that would allow one or more parties to publicly disclose the names of people who participated in the settlement. But USUALLY, neither the corporation nor the representative plaintiffs nor their respective counsel see any reason to publicly disclose that type of information.