Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What Is the purpose of the Notice?
  2. What Is this lawsuit about?
  3. Why did I receive a Notice?
  4. What does the lawsuit complain about?
  5. Has the Court decided who is right?
  6. Who is paying what for the Settlement?
  7. How will the Settlement be divided?
  8. What are the requests for attorneys’ fees, costs, Settlement administration costs and enhancement award to Plaintiffs?
  9. How will the Net Settlement Amount be divided amongst Class Members?
  10. How many pay periods did I work during the class period, and what will my approximate recovery be?
  11. What claims would I be releasing if I participate in the Settlement?
  12. How do I receive my share of the Settlement?
  13. Can I dispute the number of pay periods Chase claims I worked?
  14. Can I object to the Settlement?
  15. Can I opt out of the Settlement?
  16. What if I do nothing?
  17. Will I be retaliated against for participating in the Settlement?
  18. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
  19. How and when will the Court provide final approval of the Settlement?
  20. When will I get my Settlement check?
  21. Are more details available?
  1. What Is the purpose of the Notice?

    Plaintiff and Chase have reached a settlement of a class action regarding non-exempt employees who worked in a Teller, In-Store Teller, Senior Teller, Lead Teller, LTOS, LTOS Trainee, Associate Banker, Lead Associate Operations, Personal Banker, Private Client Banker, or Relationship Banker position, or an equivalent position, for Chase in California at any time between November 17, 2016 and August 1, 2019. Chase’s records show that you were employed in one of the above covered positions in California at some time between November 17, 2016 and August 1, 2019. Judge Michael P. Linfield of the Los Angeles County Superior Court of the State of California is overseeing the class action. The lawsuit is known as Paulina Vega v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Case No. BC698750 (“the Action”).

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  2. What Is this lawsuit about?

    The lawsuit is about disputed wage and hour claims of non-exempt employees who worked in a covered position in California during the class period based on allegations that they worked off the clock without timely receiving minimum wage or overtime, that their overtime rates were not correctly calculated, that Chase did not properly provide them with meal and rest breaks, that Chase’s wage statements issued to these employees were inaccurate, and the extent to which former employees were timely paid all of their owed wages at the time their employment ended. These potential claims by covered employees go back to November 17, 2016 through August 1, 2019 for periods of time when covered employees were working in covered positions in California.

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  3. Why did I receive a Notice?

    You have been identified by Chase as someone who worked for Chase as a non-exempt employee in a Teller, In-Store Teller, Senior Teller, Lead Teller, LTOS, LTOS Trainee, Associate Banker, Lead Associate Operations, Personal Banker, Private Client Banker, or Relationship Banker position, or an equivalent position, in California at any time between November 17, 2016 and August 1, 2019.

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  4. What does the lawsuit complain about?

    In the lawsuit, Plaintiff contends that Chase violated California law, including the California Labor Code, and federal law by failing to timely and properly pay wages for all time worked, incorrectly calculating the overtime rate, failing to provide compliant and timely meal and rest breaks, issuing inaccurate wage statements, and failing to timely pay all of these owed wages at the time of termination. Plaintiff sought civil penalties for these claims. You can read Plaintiff’s allegations as stated in the Second Amended Complaint, which is available on the Case Documents page of this website.

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  5. Has the Court decided who is right?

    The Court hasn’t decided whether Chase or the Plaintiff is correct. Chase and the Plaintiff reached a settlement by mediating the case with a neutral third party.

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  6. Who is paying what for the Settlement?

    Chase has agreed to pay $5,900,000.00 (“Gross Settlement Value”) to settle all claims of Plaintiff, Class Members and Class Counsel.

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  7. How will the Settlement be divided?

    All Class Members will split a fund of approximately $3,639,033.00 (“Net Settlement Amount”).

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  8. What are the requests for attorneys’ fees, costs, Settlement administration costs and enhancement award to Plaintiffs?

    Class Counsel will request that the Court award Attorneys’ fees of up to $1,966,667. Class Counsel will also request that the Court award proven costs to Class Counsel not to exceed $30,000. Counsel will also request that the Court award costs for Settlement Administration to be paid to the Settlement Administrator, estimated at $66,800.00. Counsel will also request that the Court award an enhancement fee to Plaintiff for her service, not to exceed $10,000. Counsel will also ask the Court to authorize payment to the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency in the amount of $187,500.

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  9. How will the Net Settlement Amount be divided amongst Class Members?

    The Net Settlement Amount shall be divided between the Class Members based upon the percentage of his or her number of biweekly pay periods while working as a non-exempt Teller, In-Store Teller, Senior Teller, Lead Teller, LTOS, LTOS Trainee, Associate Banker, Lead Associate Operations, Personal Banker, Private Client Banker, or Relationship Banker position, or an equivalent position, for Chase in California during the Class Period compared to the total number of biweekly pay periods worked by all Class Members participating in the Settlement. This will allow Claimants who worked during more pay periods during the Class Period to receive a higher amount of the Settlement.
    Settlement payments will be allocated as follows: 50% to unpaid wages, 25% to penalties and 25% to interest. You must pay your own portion of payroll and income taxes on the 50% of each Settlement payment that is unpaid wages, and such amounts will be withheld from Settlement payments. Chase will pay its share of payroll taxes. You should consult with a tax advisor concerning the tax consequences of the payment you receive under the Settlement.

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  10. How many pay periods did I work during the class period, and what will my approximate recovery be?

    The class period began on November 17, 2016, and ended on August 1, 2019. According to Chase’s records, the number of biweekly pay periods you worked as a non-exempt Teller, In-Store Teller, Senior Teller, Lead Teller, LTOS, LTOS Trainee, Associate Banker, Lead Associate Operations, Personal Banker, Private Client Banker, or Relationship Banker position, or an equivalent position, for Chase in California during this time period is listed on the Notice that was mailed to you. The mailed notice also contains your estimated settlement amount. This amount may change depending on participation in the Settlement by all class members (e.g., if a class member opts out of the Settlement, your amount may increase by a percentage of those Settlement proceeds). If you did not receive the Notice, please call 866-576-7783 to update your address, and request that a new Notice be mailed to you. If you dispute the amount, you should provide written evidence supporting your dispute before June 1, 2020 and send to:


    Vega v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA II Settlement Administrator

    P.O. Box 43208

    Providence, RI 02940-3208

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  11. What claims would I be releasing if I participate in the Settlement?

    Upon Final Approval of the Settlement, each Class Member who has not opted out of the Settlement shall be deemed to have fully, finally, and forever released Settling Defendants, as that term is defined in the Stipulation of Settlement, from all Settlement Class Released Claims through August 1, 2019. Settlement Class Released Claims are any and all claims that accrued as of November 17, 2016 and that have been or could have been asserted in the Action, based on the facts alleged in the Second Amended Complaint including but not limited to any and all claims for overtime, minimum wage, meal and rest breaks, and waiting time penalties, and any and all claims that are derivative or directly related to the foregoing claims, which include any and all claims: for penalties, premium pay, punitive damages, and interest; for failure to furnish accurate wage statements; for violation(s) under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”); under California Labor Code Sections 201, 202, 203, 204, 210, 226, 226.3, 226.7, 510, 512, 558, 1194, 1197, 1197.1, and 1198; for violation(s) of the California Business & Professions Code; and/or under the common law, such as conversion and unjust enrichment. All Settlement Class Members shall be bound by the release, unless they formally opt out. All Settlement Class Members who cash their Settlement checks shall also release any and all claims under the FLSA, including but not limited to claims under 29 U.S.C. § 206, 211(c) and 215(a), including liquidated damages, whether known or unknown, that accrued during the Class Period.
    Settlement is further conditioned upon all Class Members releasing any claim under Labor Code § 2699, and upon covenant not to participate in any proceeding seeking penalties under § 2699 for claims based on the Settlement Class Released Claims.

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  12. How do I receive my share of the Settlement?

    Your share of the Settlement will be mailed to you upon final approval of the Settlement by the Court.
    If you do not opt out, you will be bound by all the terms of the Settlement once the Settlement is approved, and you will have permanently waived and released any claims you may have relating to the action, including the Released Claims as set forth above, and you will be prevented from suing Chase or participating in any other litigation or class action relating to the matters being settled in the action. You will be bound by this release even if you do not cash your Settlement check.

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  13. Can I dispute the number of pay periods Chase claims I worked?

    Yes. If you disagree with the amount of biweekly pay periods reported for you in the mailed Notice, you may file a written dispute with the Settlement Administrator by June 1, 2020. If you file a timely written dispute as to the number of pay periods, you should submit written proof proving your dispute. Chase will decide all disputes and its decision will be binding and final. DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT TO DISPUTE YOUR PAY PERIODS.

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  14. Can I object to the Settlement?

    Yes. If you do not wish to opt out of the Settlement but disagree with any portion of the Settlement terms, you have the right to file an objection. If you file a timely written objection to the Settlement with the Court, the Court may consider and may rule on any objection you have to the Settlement. In order to have papers or briefs considered by the Court, any objecting Class Member must first file, by June 1, 2020, an original and one copy of both the notice of intention to appear and the objections, with the court at:

    Los Angeles County Superior Court for the State of California
    Department 34
    111 North Hill Street
    Los Angeles, California 90012

     

    If you opt out of the Settlement, you will be ineligible to object to the Settlement. Any written objections shall state each specific reason in support of your objection and any legal support for each objection. Your objection must also state your full name and address. You may also appear in person at the hearing on final approval of the Settlement to raise an objection before the Court without first submitting a written objection. Copies of all documents filed with the Clerk of the court must also be sent to the following counsel:

    Class Counsel:

    Robert Drexler
    CAPSTONE LAW APC
    1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Tel: (877) 606-6135
    Fax: (310) 943-0396
    Email: info@ChaseTellerLawsuit.com

    Counsel for Chase:

    Carrie A. Gonell
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    600 Anton Blvd., Suite 1800
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Tel.: (714) 830-0600
    Fax.: (714) 830-0700
    Email: carrie.gonell@morganlewis.com

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  15. Can I opt out of the Settlement?

    Yes, but only to the class action portion of the Settlement. You may not opt out of the PAGA portion of the Settlement relating to the Settlement of claims under PAGA. Even if you opt out, you will still receive a check for your allocation of the PAGA portion of the Settlement, which will represent a payment for resolving disputed claims for civil penalties that were brought on your behalf. Settlement Class members who wish to “opt out” of and be excluded from the class action portion of the Settlement must complete the Opt-Out Form included in the Settlement packet and must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2020. The request to opt out must include (a) your name, (b) an indication that you desire to exclude yourself from the class action Settlement, and (c) the last four digits of your social security number.
    If you file a timely and valid Opt-Out Form, you will no longer be a member of the Class, and you will not be eligible to receive any of the Class Member benefits under the Settlement or object to the terms of the Settlement. You will not be bound by the non-PAGA terms of the Settlement, and may pursue any claims you may have, at your own expense, against Chase. You will, however, still be bound by the PAGA terms of the Settlement and will be ineligible to pursue any PAGA claims that this Settlement resolves.

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  16. What if I do nothing?

    If you do nothing, you will receive your share under the Settlement from the Net Settlement Fund (as well as your allocation of the amount allocated to settle PAGA claims) after the Court has granted final approval. If you never cash your Settlement check, you will still nevertheless be bound by all the terms of the Settlement, including the waiver and release of all Released Claims relating to the Action as set forth above (including the waiver and release of unknown claims) except for claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., which are released upon cashing the Settlement check, and you will be prevented from suing Chase or participating in any other litigation or class action relating to the matters being settled in this action.

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  17. Will I be retaliated against for participating in the Settlement?

    No. Chase has agreed to this Settlement and will not discriminate or retaliate against any Class Member who accepts benefits under the Settlement. Your participation in this lawsuit will in no way affect your employment relationship with Chase or any other employer.

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  18. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

    Yes. The Court decided that Capstone Law APC and its lawyers are qualified to represent you and all Class Members. Capstone Law APC and its attorneys are referred to as “Class Counsel.”

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  19. How and when will the Court provide final approval of the Settlement?

    The Los Angeles County Superior Court for the State of California will hold a hearing on June 30, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 34, located at 111 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 to determine whether the Settlement should be finally approved as fair, reasonable, and adequate. The Court also will be asked to approve Class Counsel’s request for attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses, settlement administration costs and an incentive award to the Plaintiff. The hearing may be continued without further notice to the Settlement Class. It is not necessary for you to appear at this hearing unless you object to the proposed Settlement.

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  20. When will I get my Settlement check?

    If there are no appeals to the Settlement and the Court provides final approval, the checks will be mailed out approximately 45 days after the Court enters its order following the final approval hearing, currently scheduled for June 30, 2020.

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  21. Are more details available?

    The Notice does not contain all of the terms of the proposed Settlement or all of the details of these proceedings. For more detailed information, you are advised to refer to the underlying documents and papers on file with the Court.
    You may visit the Case Documents page of this website where you will find specific documents related to this case and be able to access the Notice and other forms. There is no charge to view the documents on the website.
    You may also contact Counsel for Plaintiff or Chase for information about this lawsuit:

    Class Counsel:

    Robert Drexler
    CAPSTONE LAW APC
    1875 Century Park East, Suite 1000
    Los Angeles, CA 90067
    Tel: (877) 606-6135
    Fax: (310) 943-0396
    Email: info@ChaseTellerLawsuit.com

    Counsel for Chase:

    Carrie A. Gonell
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
    600 Anton Blvd., Suite 1800
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Tel.: (714) 830-0600
    Fax.: (714) 830-0700
    Email: carrie.gonell@morganlewis.com

    Do not call, write or otherwise contact the Court or anyone employed by the Court.

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