If you received a Settlement Notice it is because District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) arrest database records showed that you were arrested and/or prosecuted by the District of Columbia for a violation of the District’s gun control laws during the class period between May 15, 2012 and October 10, 2014. For a full list of Class Member Conditions, see FAQ 5.
You were sent a Settlement Notice because you have a right to know about the proposed Settlement and about all of your legal rights and options before the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement. The Court has not yet approved the Settlement. Subject to resolving any appeals and pending approval, the Class Administrator appointed by the Court will make the payments that the Settlement allows.
The Settlement Notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, who is eligible for them, and how you get them.
The Court in charge of the case is the United States District Court For The District Of Columbia, and the case is known as Maggie Smith, et al. v. Government of the District of Columbia, Case No. 1:15-cv-00737-RCL. The individuals who sued are called the Plaintiffs and the entity they sued, the District of Columbia, is called the Defendant.