Williamson v. McAfee, Inc.

Case No. 14 cv 158 EJD

If you are a US customer who bought McAfee or Intel Security consumer software between January 10, 2010 and February 10, 2015, you may be entitled to benefits from a class action settlement.

The court has granted final approval of the settlement. However, an appeal of that decision has been filed with an appeals court. Distribution of benefits (payments and value certificates) in this matter will take place after this appeal and any others are resolved and the settlement becomes final and effective (see FAQ 13). It can take many months for an appeal to be resolved, so we appreciate your patience during that process. Check this website for further updates.

The deadline to file a cash election form has passed. However, the settlement provides other benefits. If you are in the Auto-Renewal Class, please click here to see the benefit that you may receive without filing a Cash Election Form.  In addition, McAfee has agreed to institute certain practices for the Auto-Renewal Class and Reference Price Class. Please click here for more information. If you do not know which class you are in, please click here.

Important Dates

November 28, 2016 - Deadline to Postmark Requests for Exclusion

November 28, 2016 - Deadline to Postmark Objections

December 23, 2016 - Deadline to File Cash Election Form (postmark deadline for mailed forms)

January 26, 2017 10:00 A.M. - Fairness Hearing

A settlement has been reached in two class action lawsuits against McAfee (Williamson v. McAfee, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-158-EJD (N.D. Cal.); Kirby v. McAfee, Inc., Case No. 14-cv-2475-EJD (N.D. Cal.)). The lawsuits claimed that McAfee engaged in certain unfair practices about auto-renewal charges and the advertising of discounts and reference prices. McAfee denies that it did anything wrong. The settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing.

Read on for more information, including about how eligible class members can file a Cash Election Form.

The settlement (available here) affects two “Classes” of McAfee customers: (1) the “Auto-Renewal Class”; and (2) the “Reference Price Class.” You may be a member of one or both of the classes. If you received a notice about this settlement (by email or mail), your notice will tell you whether you have been identified as being in the Auto-Renewal Class, the Reference Price Class or both classes. To see the full class definitions, click here.

All Class Members in the Auto-Renewal Class will receive an $11.50 settlement benefit if the settlement is approved and becomes final. Eligible Class Members can choose to receive the $11.50 either: (1) as $11.50 in cash; or (2) as an $11.50 McAfee value certificate good towards the purchase of McAfee or Intel Security consumer products. 

The deadline to file a Cash Election Form was December 23, 2016, and has now passed.

Eligible Class Members who did not file a Cash Election Form will instead receive an $11.50 McAfee value certificate good towards the purchase of McAfee or Intel Security consumer products. The value certificate will be sent by email or mail by the Settlement Administrator and will be valid for 150 days. Additional details about the value certificates are available in the Settlement Agreement and at FAQ #12. McAfee has also agreed to implement certain practice changes concerning auto-renewal transactions and pricing advertisements. These changes are defined in detail in the Settlement Agreement and in FAQ #14.

Summary Of Your Options And Legal Rights In This Settlement

FILE A CASH ELECTION FORM

The deadline to file a Cash Election Form was December 23, 2016, and has now passed. Please see FAQ #11 for additional information.

DO NOTHING

If you are in the Auto-Renewal Class and you do nothing, you will receive the $11.50 settlement benefit as a McAfee value certificate. Please see FAQ #12 for additional information.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM ONE OR BOTH OF THE CLASSES

You won’t receive settlement benefits to the extent you exclude yourself. This is the only option that allows you to retain your right to bring any other lawsuit against McAfee and related entities about the issues related to this case. The postmark deadline to exclude yourself was November 28, 2016. Please see FAQ #15 for additional information.

OBJECT TO THE SETTLEMENT

Write to the Court if you don’t like the settlement. The postmark deadline to send an objection was November 28, 2016. Please see FAQ #18 for additional information.

ATTEND THE HEARING

Ask to speak in Court about the settlement. The postmark deadline to send a Notice of Intent to Appear at the hearing was November 28, 2016. Please see FAQ #25 for additional information.



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