Update: On February 3, 2022,  the Court issued an Order granting Final Approval of the Settlement. The disbursement of Settlement Payments began on February 18, 2022. Please allow 15 days for delivery of your Settlement check. If you have any issues, please email info@ScreeningFeeSettlement.com.

 

Settlement Information

Settlement of a class action lawsuit has been proposed, relating to Defendant FPI Management, Inc.’s alleged conduct in managing rental properties in the State of Washington. Specifically, the class action lawsuit alleged that FPI failed to provide required screening disclosures prior to obtaining information on prospective tenants and charging a tenant screening fee, and/or charged prospective tenants a holding fee for a dwelling unit, prior to unconditionally offering the dwelling unit to the prospective tenants. The case is known as Brianna Morris v. FPI Management Inc., No. 2: l 9-CV-0128-TOR (E.D. Wash.). Defendant FPI denies all allegations of wrongdoing in the lawsuit.

Defendant FPI has agreed to pay a total settlement amount of $1,600,000 which will be used to create a Settlement Fund to pay cash awards to Settlement Class Members who do not timely exclude themselves from the Settlement, pay Class Counsel’s attorney fees and costs, pay a service award to the Plaintiff, and pay the costs and expenses of settlement administration.

Who Is a Class Member?

You are a Class Member if (1) from April 16, 2016 through October 13, 2021, submitted an application to rent a residential property then-managed by FPI and located in Washington State (“Rental Application”), and (2) meet one of the following criteria:

(a) in conjunction with the submission of a Rental Application, you paid a tenant screening fee through FPI to the owner of the
property for which the individual submitted the Rental Application;

(b) in conjunction with the submission of a Rental Application, you had one or more consumer credit reports pulled by FPI or
any other entity acting on its behalf; or

(c) in conjunction with the submission of a Rental Application, you paid a holding deposit through FPI to the owner of the
property for which the individual submitted the Rental Application.

The Class does not include Defendant FPI, any person or entity that has a controlling interest in Defendant FPI, FPI’s current or former directors and officers, as well as the Parties’ Counsel and their immediate families. The Class also does not include any persons who validly request exclusion from the Class.

Your Legal Rights and Options

Option and Deadline

Your Legal Rights

Do Nothing

 

You will receive payment under the settlement and will be giving up your rights to assert any claims about the legal claims in the case against Defendant FPI.

Exclude Yourself

Deadline Passed

Get no payment under the settlement.

This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against Defendant FPI about the legal claims in the case.

Object

Deadline Passed

Write to the Court and the Parties’ Counsel about why you don’t like the settlement.

You can do this only if you don’t exclude yourself.

Go to the Hearing

Deadline Passed

Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement. 

You can do this only if you don’t exclude yourself.

Dates and Deadlines

Exclusion Deadline

December 27, 2021

Objection Deadline

December 27, 2021

Fairness Hearing

February 3, 2022