I received a check for $80.00 for a settlement for Ardon v city of Los Angeles is this a real check.
If your name is Ardon, perhaps. If not, and you never participated in any lawsuit, class action or otherwise, be very, very suspicious. If it looks too good to be true, it generally is. If you deposit a fraudulent check at your bank, you may end up on a list where no bank anywhere will ever open a bank account again. That makes life miserable.
The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may analyse this matter differently, especially if there are additional facts...
Based on internet searches it does not appear to be a scam per se. (See link below). Class Actions work differently than other lawsuits. Generally speaking, the Defendant shares the class list confidentially and depending on the class size and amount of the settlement, it depends on how notice is given to the class, people such as yourself. More often then not there is a mailer sent out, but sometimes it is not practicable based on the class size or amount at issue. You might have not gotten anything in the mail, but that does not mean that you "opted out" of the class, thereby electing not to receive a settlement check.
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It looks like the real deal. The settlement website is here: https://www.lataxrefund.com/Home.aspx. If you have questions, call the class counsel or the claims administrator. Otherwise, enjoy the $80.
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If there was a class action and this was a payment for it, generally there would be an explanation and the identity of a claims administrator that you could call. Further in most (not all) class actions a form must be completed to obtain any payment.
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