Dennis v. Ralph Lauren Corporation, et al. Settlement Website

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is this lawsuit about?
  2. Why is this a class action?
  3. Why is there a Settlement?
  4. How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?
  5. I’m still not sure if I am included.
  6. What relief does the Settlement provide to the Class Members?
  7. How can I get Merchandise Certificate(s)?
  8. When will I get my Merchandise Certificate(s)?
  9. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
  10. How will the lawyers be paid?
  11. Will the Representative Plaintiff receive any compensation for her efforts in bringing this Action?
  12. What am I giving up to obtain relief under the Settlement?
  13. How do I exclude myself from the Settlement?
  14. How do I tell the Court that I disagree with the Settlement?
  15. What is the difference between excluding myself and objecting to the Settlement?
  16. What is the Fairness Hearing?
  17. When and where is the Fairness Hearing?
  18. May I speak at the hearing?
  19. How do I get more information?
  20. What if my address or other information has changed or changes after I submit a Claim Form?
  1. What is this lawsuit about?

    Plaintiff Courtney Dennis (the “Representative Plaintiff”) filed a lawsuit against Ralph Lauren on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated. The lawsuit alleges that Ralph Lauren engaged in deceptive advertising by advertising purportedly improper discounts on merchandise sold in Ralph Lauren Factory Stores located in California.

    Ralph Lauren denies each and every one of the allegations of unlawful conduct, any wrongdoing, and any liability whatsoever, and no court or other entity has made any judgment or other determination of any liability. Ralph Lauren further denies that any Class Member is entitled to any relief and, other than for settlement purposes, that this Action is appropriate for certification as a class action.

    The Notice is not an expression of the Court’s opinion on the merits or the lack of merits of the Representative Plaintiff’s claims in the Action.

    For information about what has happened in the Action to date, please see Section 19 below.

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  2. Why is this a class action?

    In a class action lawsuit, one or more people called “Representative Plaintiff(s)” (in this Action, Courtney Dennis) sue on behalf of other people who allegedly have similar claims. For purposes of this proposed Settlement, one court will resolve the issues for all Class Members. The company sued in this case, Ralph Lauren, is called the Defendant.

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  3. Why is there a Settlement?

    The Representative Plaintiff has made claims against Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren denies that it has done anything wrong or illegal and admits no liability. The Court has not decided that the Representative Plaintiff or Ralph Lauren should win this Action. Instead, both sides agreed to a settlement. That way, they avoid the cost of a trial, and the Class Members will receive relief now rather than years from now, if at all.

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  4. How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?

    The Court has decided that everyone who fits this description is a Class Member for purposes of the proposed Settlement: All Ralph Lauren customers who purchased one or more Polo Ralph Lauren branded items at a purported discount from a “Value Was,” “Our Price,” or any other reference price at any Ralph Lauren Factory Store located in the State of California from May 2, 2012 to March 6, 2019. Excluded from the Class are Ralph Lauren’s Counsel, Ralph Lauren’s officers, directors and employees, and the judge presiding over the Action.

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  5. I’m still not sure if I am included.

    If you are still not sure whether you are included, you can write the Claims Administrator for free help. The email address of the Claims Administrator is info@RLaurenClassAction.com and the U.S. postal (mailing) address is Dennis v. Ralph Lauren Corporation, et al. Settlement, P.O. Box 404120, Louisville, KY 40233-4120.

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  6. What relief does the Settlement provide to the Class Members?

    Ralph Lauren has agreed to provide (i) Class Members who received direct notice of this Settlement via email and who do not timely request exclusion from or object to the Settlement and (ii) Class Members who timely and validly complete a Claim Form, (a) Merchandise Certificate(s) good for purchase in a Ralph Lauren Factory Store located in the State of California. The Merchandise Certificate can be redeemed for up to $7 to be used for the purchase of any single item in a Ralph Lauren Factory Store located in the State of California.

    Ralph Lauren has agreed to distribute a minimum of $4,000,000, and a maximum of $12,600,000, in Merchandise Certificates to the Class.

    Merchandise Certificates will not be stackable with each other and may not be combined with any other coupon or offer. The Merchandise Certificates may be used on items that are on sale. The Merchandise Certificates shall not be redeemable for cash, and will not be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged. The Merchandise Certificates will be transferable and will have a six-month expiration date.

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  7. How can I get Merchandise Certificate(s)?

    If you received direct notice of the Settlement by email, you need not do anything to receive (a) Merchandise Certificate(s).

    To qualify for a Merchandise Certificate if you did not receive direct notice by email, you must send in a Claim Form.

    A Claim Form is available for download HERE. The Claim Form may be submitted electronically by using the File a Claim tab, or by postal mail. Read the instructions carefully, fill out the form, and postmark it by June 20, 2019 or submit it online on or before 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on June 20, 2019.

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  8. When will I get my Merchandise Certificate(s)?

    The Court will hold a hearing on July 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m., to decide whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement, there may be appeals. It’s always uncertain when the appeals will be resolved, and resolving them can take time, perhaps more than a year. You can check for the progress of the case on this website. Please be patient.

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  9. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    The Court has ordered that the law firms of Carlson Lynch LLP and Zaveri Tabb APC (“Class Counsel”) will represent the interests of all Class Members. You will not be separately charged for these lawyers’ services. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

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  10. How will the lawyers be paid?

    Ralph Lauren has agreed to pay Class Counsel’s attorneys’ fees and costs up to $920,000, subject to approval by the Court. You will not be required to pay any attorneys’ fees or costs. Please see paragraphs 2.4 and 2.5 of the Settlement Agreement, available HERE, for additional details.

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  11. Will the Representative Plaintiff receive any compensation for her efforts in bringing this Action?

    The Representative Plaintiff will request a service award of up to $5,000 for her service as class representative and her effort in bringing the Action. The Court will make the final decision as to the amount to be paid to the Representative Plaintiff.

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  12. What am I giving up to obtain relief under the Settlement?

    If the Court approves the proposed Settlement, unless you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will be releasing your claims against Ralph Lauren. This generally means that you will not be able to file a lawsuit, continue prosecuting a lawsuit, or be part of any other lawsuit against Ralph Lauren regarding the claims in the Action. The Settlement Agreement contains the full terms of the release.

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  13. How do I exclude myself from the Settlement?

    You may exclude yourself from the Class and the Settlement. If you want to be excluded, you must send a signed letter or postcard stating: (a) the name and case number of the Action; (b) your full name, address, and telephone number; and (c) a statement that you do not wish to participate in the Settlement, postmarked no later than June 20, 2019 to the Claims Administrator at:

    Dennis v. Ralph Lauren Corporation, et al. Settlement
    P.O. Box 404120
    Louisville, KY 40233-4120

    If you timely request exclusion from the Class, you will be excluded from the Class, you will not receive a Merchandise Certificate under the Settlement, you will not be bound by the judgment entered in the Action, and you will not be precluded from prosecuting any timely, individual claim against Ralph Lauren based on the conduct complained of in the Action.

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  14. How do I tell the Court that I disagree with the Settlement?

    At the date, time, and location stated in Section 18 below, the Court will hold a Fairness Hearing to determine if the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate, and to consider Class Counsel’s request for an award of attorneys’ fees and costs, and the service award to the Representative Plaintiff.

    If you wish to object to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of the Settlement Agreement or the proposed Settlement, you must file a written objection with the Court and deliver copies of the written objection to the Claims Administrator, Class Counsel, and Defendants’ Counsel at the addresses set forth below no later than (i.e., postmarked by) June 20, 2019.

    Claims Administrator:

    Dennis v. Ralph Lauren Corporation, et al. Settlement
    P.O. Box 404120
    Louisville, KY 40233-4120

    Class Counsel:

    Todd D. Carpenter, Esq.
    CARLSON LYNCH SWEET KILPELA & CARPENTER, LLP
    1350 Columbia Street
    Suite 603
    San Diego, CA 92101

    James Tabb
    Deval Zaveri
    ZAVERI TABB APC
    402 West Broadway
    Suite 1950
    San Diego, CA 92101

    Ralph Lauren's Counsel:

    Lary Alan Rappaport, Esq.
    Proskauer Rose LLP
    2029 Century Park East
    Ste. 2400
    Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Any written objections must contain: (1) the name and case number of the Action; (2) the Class Member’s full name, address, and telephone number; (3) the words “Notice of Objection” or “Formal Objection”; (4) in clear and concise terms, the legal and factual arguments supporting the objection; (5) facts supporting the person’s status as a Class Member (e.g., the date and location of his/her relevant purchases and description of the item(s) purchased); (6) the Class Member’s signature and the date; and (7) the following language immediately above the Class Member’s signature and date: “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States and of the State of California that the foregoing statements regarding class membership are true and correct to the best of my knowledge.” You may, but need not, submit your objection through counsel of your choice. If you do make your objection through an attorney, you will be responsible for your personal attorney’s fees and costs.

    IF YOU DO NOT TIMELY MAKE YOUR OBJECTION, YOU WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE WAIVED ALL OBJECTIONS AND WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO SPEAK AT THE FAIRNESS HEARING.

    If you submit a written objection, you may appear at the Fairness Hearing, either in person or through personal counsel hired at your expense, to object to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of the Settlement Agreement or the proposed Settlement, or to the award of attorneys’ fees. You are not required, however, to appear. If you, or your attorney, intend to make an appearance at the Fairness Hearing, you must include on your timely and valid objection a statement substantially similar to “Notice of Intention to Appear.”

    If you intend to appear at the Fairness Hearing through counsel, you must also identify the attorney(s) representing you who will appear at the Fairness Hearing and include the attorney(s) name, address(es), phone number(s), email address(es), and the state bar(s) to which your counsel is admitted. Also, if you intend to request the Court to allow you to call witnesses at the Fairness Hearing, such request must be made in your written objection, which must also contain a list of any such witnesses and a summary of each witness’ expected testimony.

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  15. What is the difference between excluding myself and objecting to the Settlement?

    Objecting is simply telling the Court that you disagree with something about the Settlement. You can object only if you stay in the Settlement Class. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you don’t want to be part of the Settlement Class. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the Settlement no longer affects you.

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  16. What is the Fairness Hearing?

    The Court has preliminarily approved the Settlement and will hold a hearing to decide whether to give final approval to the Settlement. The purpose of the Fairness Hearing will be for the Court to determine whether the Settlement should be approved as fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the Settlement Class; to consider the award of attorneys’ fees and expenses to Class Counsel; and to consider the request for a service award to the Representative Plaintiff. You may attend, but you do not have to.

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  17. When and where is the Fairness Hearing?

    On July 12, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific, a hearing will be held on the fairness of the proposed Settlement. At the hearing, the Court will be available to hear any objections and arguments concerning the proposed Settlement’s fairness. The hearing will take place before the Honorable Ronald F. Frazier in Courtroom C-65 of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, located at 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. The hearing may be postponed to a different date or time or location without notice. Please check this website for any updates about the Settlement generally or the Fairness Hearing specifically. If the date or time of the Fairness Hearing changes, an update to the Settlement website will be the only way you will be informed of the change.

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  18. May I speak at the hearing?

    At that hearing, the Court will be available to hear any objections and arguments concerning the fairness of the Settlement. As described above in Section 15, you may speak at the Fairness Hearing only if (a) you have timely submitted an objection, and (b) you have timely and validly provided a Notice of Intent to Appear.

    If you have requested exclusion from the Settlement, you may not speak at the hearing.

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  19. How do I get more information?

    Copies of the Settlement Agreement, the Court’s Preliminary Approval Order, Class Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees and costs, and the operative complaint filed in the Action, can be found under the Case Documents tab. Alternatively, you may contact the Claims Administrator at the email address info@RLaurenClassAction.com or the U.S. postal (mailing) address: Dennis v. Ralph Lauren Corporation, et al. Settlement, P.O. Box 404120, Louisville, KY 40233-4120.

    This description of this Action is general and does not cover all of the issues and proceedings that have occurred. In order to see the complete file, you should visit https://roa.sdcourt.ca.gov/roa/ or the Clerk’s office at 330 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. The Clerk will tell you how to obtain the file for inspection and copying at your own expense.

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  20. What if my address or other information has changed or changes after I submit a Claim Form?

    It is your responsibility to inform the Claims Administrator of your updated information. You may do so at the address below:
    Dennis v. Ralph Lauren Corporation, et al. Settlement
    P.O. Box 404120
    Louisville, KY 40233-4120

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