Rocchio, et. al. v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Rutgers Student Fee Settlement
Case No. MID-L-003039-20

Welcome to the Rutgers Student Fee Settlement Website

If you paid Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey fees for the Spring 2020 Semester and did not receive a refund, you may be eligible to receive an automatic credit towards your next tuition/fee bill (for active students) or cash compensation (for inactive students) from a class action settlement.

What is this lawsuit about?

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit between Defendant Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (“Defendant” or “Rutgers”) and certain individuals who have alleged that they, and the Settlement Class Members, are entitled to pro rata refunds of on-campus tuition, fees, and other charges for the Spring 2020 Semester because Rutgers transitioned to remote learning in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with New Jersey State mandates. The case is Rocchio, et al. v. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Dkt. No. MID-L-003039-20, in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County (the “Action”). The proposed Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing by Rutgers, and Rutgers denies that it violated the law. The Court dismissed all of the plaintiffs’ claims in the Action and the parties reached this settlement to resolve the plaintiffs’ appeal from that dismissal. The Court has granted preliminary approval of the Settlement and has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for purposes of settlement only.

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

You are a member of the Settlement Class if you paid Defendant Spring 2020 Semester fees of any type or amount. But, you are not a Settlement Class Member if you already received refunds for your Spring 2020 fees or if you opt out of the Settlement.

What does the Settlement provide?

After the Effective Date of the Settlement Agreement, Rutgers will pay a total of $5 million. Some of that will go to Plaintiffs’ counsel for attorneys’ fees and will pay for the costs of administering the settlement. What remains of the $5 million will be divided equally among the roughly 59,500 Settlement Class Members. Settlement Class Members will not need take any action to receive their shares of the payment. Active Students will automatically receive their shares as a credit to the next tuition/fee bill issued after the settlement becomes final. Inactive Students will automatically receive their shares by check mailed to the Settlement Class Member’s last known mailing address (or, if they prefer to receive their share by Venmo or PayPal, they may visit the Election Form Page to provide their Venmo or Paypal information). Settlement Class Members also may opt to donate their share of the settlement to the Rutgers COVID-19 Dean of Students Emergency Fund.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

Option and Deadline
Description
DO NOTHING Active Students who do nothing will automatically receive either a credit to the next tuition/fee bill issued to them after the Effective Date of the Settlement Agreement.

Inactive Students who do nothing automatically receive a cash payment by check to the student’s last known mailing address after the Effective Date of the Settlement Agreement.
CHANGE YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS
January 7, 2022
Active Students may visit the Election Form page to elect to forego their Settlement Benefit and have it deposited instead into the Rutgers COVID-19 Dean of Students Emergency Fund.

Inactive Students may visit the Election Form page to (a) provide an updated address for sending a check; (b) elect to receive the Settlement Benefit by Venmo or PayPal instead of a paper check; or (c) elect to forego their Settlement Benefit and have it deposited instead into the Rutgers COVID-19 Dean of Students Emergency Fund.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF
January 7, 2022
You will not receive your Settlement Benefit, but you will retain any rights you have to sue Rutgers about the issues in this case.
OBJECT
January 7, 2022
Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement.
ATTEND A HEARING
January 28, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EST
Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.

For More Information

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Mail
Rutgers Student Fee Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91345
Seattle, WA 98111