NOTICE OF PROPOSED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
Maldonado v. M. Leonard & Associates and VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc, No. 2022-CH-02415,
(Cook County Cir. Ct.) Cook County, Illinois
If you received veterinary services from VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc. and it hired M. Leonard & Associates to collect on your VCA account from you between January 1, 2019, and June 20, 2023 you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement.
A court authorized this notice. You are not being sued. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
- A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit between VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc. (“VCA” or “Defendant”) and some of its current and former Illinois customers. The lawsuit claims that Defendant violated a law called the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (“ICFA”) and other state laws by hiring an unlicensed debt collector (M. Leonard & Associates (“M. Leonard”) who also allegedly violated a federal debt collection law.
- Defendant denies any wrongdoing and maintains that it has not violated any laws. The Settlement does not establish who is right or wrong. Rather, the Parties chose to settle this lawsuit to avoid the time and expense of continued litigation.
- The lawsuit is called Maldonado v. M. Leonard & Associates and VCA Animal Hospitals, Inc, No. 2022-CH-02415, and is pending before Judge Anna M. Loftus in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, in Chicago, Illinois.
- If you’re eligible, and the Court approves the Settlement, a check will automatically be mailed to you for an amount between $150-$200. You will not have to send in a claim form.
You will receive a payment under the Settlement if you are eligible and give up the right to sue Defendant about the issues in this case.
You will receive NO payment, but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue Defendant about the issues in this case.
Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement or any part of it.
These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in this notice.
The Court still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement, and checks will only be issued after the Court approves the Settlement. Please be patient.