FEMA Travel Trailers Manufacturers Settlement

Post Award Disbursement Frequently Asked Questions


1. I have not received my check. What do I need to do?

2. I need to update my personal or contact information. What do I need to do?

3. How do I update information for a check issued to a minor, deceased, or legally incompetent claimant?

4. Why are medical expenses not included in my settlement amount?

5. How do I become eligible for a payment?

6. What should I do if I receive mail (including a check) for a different claimant?

CASE UPDATE – JULY 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the Court-Appointed Disbursing Agent (CADA) mailed a postcard to all claimants with approved allocations that have yet to claim awards in the settlement. To view a sample of this postcard, please click here.

If you received a postcard, you can confirm that your information is up to date by submitting a Disbursement Update Packet to the CADA. To download a packet, please click here.

Please fill out the packet completely, and provide all required documentation. To submit the information to the CADA, you may:

  1. Scan and upload the documents via the case information update portal. To access the portal, click here. Please note that you will need the claim number on the postcard to submit an online update.
  2. Mail the documents to the CADA's office
  3. Scan and email the information to the CADA's email address

The deadline to submit missing information is 10/10/2014. If you receive a settlement award check, the deadline to cash or deposit the check is 10/31/2014.

Per Court Order, if no information is submitted or your award is not claimed by the deadlines, you may risk losing the right to receive your settlement award.

If you received a postcard and do not know how to proceed or your questions have not been answered by this update or the Frequently Asked Questions (above), please contact our call center at 1.800.728.1628.

CASE UPDATE – OCTOBER, 31, 2013

On Thursday, October 31, 2013, the Court Appointed Disbursing Agent (CADA) initiated the distribution of settlement checks to all eligible class members in accordance with the signed Judgment and Order. Most claimants will receive a settlement check within four to five business days in accordance with standard mail delivery. If you have not received your check within several weeks of disbursement, please contact the Settlement Administrator at 1.800.728.1628.

In order for a class member’s settlement check to be disbursed, the CADA must have all required information for each claimant, including Date of Birth, Current Mailing Address, and Minor Representative/Deceased Successor information (if applicable). You can confirm that your information is up to date by submitting an information update to the CADA – to do so, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the case or your individual claim, you may contact the FEMA Travel Trailer Settlement Information line at 1.800.728.1628. If you have questions regarding your legal rights, you must contact your attorney.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER.

For information and updates, review this website or the court website.
(www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/fematrailer.htm).

Case Update – October 2, 2013

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the Court approved the Special Master’s Recommendations Concerning Distribution of Settlement Funds and the Special Master’s Supplemental Recommendations Concerning Distribution of Settlement Funds. You can view each of these documents by clicking the links below:

In accordance with the Judgment and Order, the Court-Appointed Disbursing Agent (CADA) will commence the distribution of settlement checks within 30 days. Please be patient as this process is expected to take several weeks for class members to receive their checks.

Please note that in order for a class member’s settlement check to be disbursed, the CADA must have all necessary information for each claimant, including Date of Birth, Current Mailing Address, and Minor Representative/Successor information (if applicable). You can confirm that your information is up to date by submitting an information update – to do so, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the case or your individual claim, you may contact the FEMA Travel Trailer Settlement Information line at 1.800.728.1628. If you have questions regarding your legal rights, you must contact your attorney.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER.

For information and updates, review this website or the court website.
(www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/fematrailer.htm).

Case Update - September 6, 2013

On Thursday, September 5, 2013, the Special Master filed the Special Master's Report and Recommendations (concerning distribution of settlement funds) along with exhibits which detail the objection process, disposition of each objection, and final settlement awards for each claimant. You can view the Special Master's Report by selecting the link below:

Please note that Exhibit 2 (which is attached to the Report and Recommendations) only lists the names of those claimants who objected to their allocations. If you received an allocation letter and did not object, your name should not appear on Exhibit 2. Nevertheless, the Special Master has recommended that the District Court award you an amount based upon what was indicated in your allocation letter.

If you would like to object to the Special Master's Report and Recommendations, you must file your objection in the record on or before September 26, 2013 in accordance with FRCP 53. The Court will consider the Special Master's Report and Recommendations on the submissions, and does not intend to hold oral argument at this time.

No checks can be distributed until the District Judge acts upon the Special Master's Report and Recommendations. This may take several weeks. Please continue to check this website for further updates as they become available.

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER.

For information and updates, review this website or the court website.
(www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/fematrailer.htm).

Case Update - August 9, 2013

The deadline to file objections to individual allocation awards was July 12, 2013. The Special Master is currently reviewing all submitted objections and will submit a Report and Recommendations to the United States District Court once all objections have been processed.

Claimants do not need to take any further action at this time. Once the United States District Court approves the final allocation list, the Court-Appointed Disbursing Agent will distribute settlement checks as soon as possible.

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER.

For information and updates, review this website or the court website.
(www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/fematrailer.htm).

Case Update - June 14, 2013

Allocation letters were mailed on June 14, 2013. All allocations were determined using the court-approved Special Master's Recommendations Concerning Allocations and Objection Procedures. You may view a copy of this document by clicking the link below:

If you do not object to your allocation, you do not need to do anything at this time. If you DO object to your allocation, you must read and follow the Notice of Rights and Objection Instructions as outlined on the back of your allocation letter. All objections must be postmarked no later than July 12, 2013.

To view a sample copy of the Notice of Rights and Objection Instructions, please use the link below. Please note that your individual allocation letter will include specific contact information where your objection should be directed.
Notice of Rights and Objection Instructions (Sample)

You MUST submit a separate objection for each claim that you are objecting to. For additional information on the Objections Process, please view the Objections Process FAQ Document.
Objections Process FAQ

If you did not receive an allocation letter, please contact the FEMA Trailer Litigation Call Center at 1-800-728-1628 to verify that a claim exists and that your contact information is up to date.

IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER.

For information and updates, review this website or the court website.
( www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/fematrailer.htm).

If you still have questions, please contact your attorney using the contact information listed below. If you are not represented by an attorney, please contact the call center at 1-800-728-1628.

  • For the office of AARONSON & RASH, please call (713) 400-1040
  • For the office of LARRY M AISOLA JR., please call (504) 913-6182
  • For the office of THE ANDRY LAW GROUP, please call (504) 525-5535
  • For the office of BECNEL LAW FIRM, please call (985) 536-1186
  • For the office of BENCOMO & ASSOCIATES, please call (504) 529-2929
  • For the office of BRUNO & BRUNO, please call (800) 966-1335
  • For the office of THE BUZBEE LAW FIRM, please call(713) 223-5393
  • For the office of FRANK J. D'AMICO, JR., please call (504) 525-7272
  • For the office of DUMAS & ASSOCIATES , please call (225) 383-4701
  • For the office of JOHN ARTHUR EAVES, please call (601) 355-7961
  • For the office of GAINSBURGH, BENJAMIN, DAVID, MEUNIER & WARSHAUER, please call (504) 522-2304
  • For the office of GILL, LADNER & PRIEST, please call (877) 314-2217
  • For the office of JIM S. HALL AND ASSOCIATES, please call (504) 832-3000
  • For the office of JACK W. HARANG, please call (504) 581-7050
  • For the office of HAWKINS, STRACENER & GIBSON, please call (228) 469-0785
  • For the office of MICHAEL HINGLE & ASSOCIATES, please call (985) 461-6800
  • For the office of HILLIARD MUNOZ GONZALES, please call (800) 334-3298
  • For the office of HOWARD AND REED ATTORNEYS AT LAW, please call (504) 581-3610
  • For the office of HURRICANE LEGAL CENTER, please call (504) 522-4322
  • For the office of IRPINO LAW FIRM, please call (504) 525-1500
  • For the office of CATHERINE H. JACOBS, please call (228) 872-7004
  • For the office of THE LAMBERT LAW FIRM, please call (504) 581-1750
  • For the office of LANGSTON & LOTT, please call (800) 492-0362
  • For the office of MOELLER LAW FIRM LLC, please call (504) 833-1833
  • For the office of MURRAY LAW FIRM, please call (504)525-8100
  • For the office of NEXSEN PRUET, please call (843) 720-1733
  • For the office of NICAUD AND SUNSERI, please call (504) 837-1304
  • For the office of OBIOHA & ASSOCIATES, please call (504) 265-0437
  • For the office of PARKER WAICHMAN ALONSO, please call (800) 968-7529
  • For the office of RONNIE G. PENTON, please call (985) 732-5651
  • For the office of REICH & BINSTOCK, please call (888) 498-6751
  • For the office of EZEQUIEL REYNA JR., please call (956)968-9556
  • For the office of RICHTOFEN & ASSOCIATES, please call (504) 899-7949
  • For the office of RODNEY & ETTER, please call (504) 483-3224
  • For the office of DOUGLAS M. SCHMIDT, please call (504) 482-0159
  • For the office of SIMIEN & SIMIEN, please call (225) 925-1411
  • For the office of SIDNEY D. TORRES, III, please call (504) 271-8421
  • For the office of VERNON, BICE, PALERMO & WILSON, please call (337) 310-1600
  • For the office of WALTZER & ASSOCIATES, please call (877) 352-6300
  • For the office of WARE LAW FIRM, please call (601) 445-9273
  • For the office of WATTS HILLIARD, please call (800) 994-0019
  • For the office of JERMAINE D. WILLIAMS, please call (337) 235-3989
  • For the office of WILLIAMS LAW, please call (504) 832-9898
  • For the office of WOODFILL LAW FIRM, please call (713) 751-3080
  • For the office of YOUNG AND HUSAIN, please call (713) 621-8900
  • For the office of THE PLAINTIFFS' STEERING COMMITTEE, please call (504) 522-2304

Case Update - April 2, 2013

A Motion regarding the Special Master's Recommendations Concerning Allocations and Objection Procedure was filed with the court on April 2, 2013. For additional details, you may view a copy of the documents by clicking the links below:

At this time, claims are currently being processed and evaluated by the Court Appointed Disbursement Agent. This site will continue to be updated as the claims process progresses. Thank you for your patience.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER. INSTEAD, REVIEW THIS WEBSITE OR THE COURT WEBSITE (www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/FEMAtrailer.htm) FOR INFORMATION AND UPDATES. IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, TELEPHONE THE CALL CENTER (1-800-728-1628) OR YOUR ATTORNEY, WHOSE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS LISTED BELOW.

Case Update - March 20, 2013

On March 20, 2013 the Court issues an Order approving the Special Master's Recommendations Concerning Methodology for Dispersing Pending Settlements. For additional details, you may view a copy of the documents by clicking the links below:

At this time, claims are currently being processed and evaluated by the Court Appointed Disbursement Agent. This site will continue to be updated as the claims process progresses. Thank you for your patience.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER. INSTEAD, REVIEW THIS WEBSITE OR THE COURT WEBSITE (www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/FEMAtrailer.htm) FOR INFORMATION AND UPDATES. IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, TELEPHONE THE CALL CENTER (1-800-728-1628) OR YOUR ATTORNEY, WHOSE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS LISTED BELOW.

Case Update - March 8, 2013

A Motion for Court Approval and Adoption of Special Master's Recommendations Concerning Methodology for Disbursing Pending Settlements was filed with the court on March 4, 2013. For additional details, you may view a copy of the documents by clicking the links below:

At this time, claims are currently being processed and evaluated by the Court Appointed Disbursement Agent. This site will continue to be updated as the claims process progresses. Thank you for your patience.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT OR THE SPECIAL MASTER. INSTEAD, REVIEW THIS WEBSITE OR THE COURT WEBSITE (www.laed.uscourts.gov/FEMA07md1873/FEMAtrailer.htm) FOR INFORMATION AND UPDATES. IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS, TELEPHONE THE CALL CENTER (1-800-728-1628) OR YOUR ATTORNEY, WHOSE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS LISTED BELOW.





Did you suffer symptoms or injuries as a result of exposure to formaldehyde in a Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer provided by the United States Government and manufactured by one of the below-listed Manufacturers following Hurricanes Katrina or Rita?

A legal settlement provides payments to people for exposure to and/or injuries from formaldehyde.

A court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

  • A class settlement has been proposed to resolve hundreds of lawsuits seeking damages for exposure to or injuries from formaldehyde in Travel Trailers and Park Model Trailers manufactured by certain Manufacturers.
  • The settlement will pay money to those who suffered symptoms or injuries because of exposure to formaldehyde in such travel trailers and/or park model trailers and who submit valid claim forms.
  • Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act. Read this notice carefully.
Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement
Submit a Claim Form The only way to ask for a payment.
Ask to be Excluded Get no payment. The only option that allows you to sue the Defendants over the claims resolved by this settlement.
Object Write to the Court about why you don't like the settlement. You still need to submit a Claim Form to ask for a payment.
Do Nothing Get no payment. Give Up rights.
Go to a Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement. You still need to submit a Claim Form to ask for a payment.
  • These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in this site.
  • The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the settlement. Money will be distributed if the Court does so, and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.
This site summarizes the proposed settlement. More details are in a Settlement Agreement, which is available at www.femaformaldehydelitigation.com or by calling 1-800-728-1628. If you have questions, visit the website, or call 1-800-728-1628 toll free.

Basic Information

1. Why was this notice issued?
A Court authorized this notice because you have a right to know about a proposed settlement of this class action, including the right to claim money, and about all of your options, before the Court decides whether to give “final approval” to the settlement. If the Court approves the settlement, and after any appeals are resolved, payments will be made to everyone who submitted a timely and valid Claim. This notice explains the lawsuit, the settlement, your legal rights, what benefits are available, who may be eligible for them, and how to get them.

Judge Kurt Engelhardt in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, is overseeing this class action. The case is known as In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2:07-MD-1873, Section “N” (5). The people who sued are called the “Plaintiffs,” and the companies they sued are called the “Defendants.” This case is known as aMDL, which means that it groups together a number of cases that were originally filed in state and federal court in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. This Settlement will resolve all of those cases together against certain Defendants.

2. Which companies are part of the settlement?
The settlement includes the following Manufacturers, along with some of their insurers, as defendants and other Released Parties.

  • Citair, Inc.
  • Coachman Industries, Inc.
  • Coachman RV Licensed Products Division, LLC
  • Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company, LLC
  • Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company of Georgia, LLC
  • Cruiser RV, LLC
  • Damon Motor Coach
  • DS Corp. d/b/a CrossRoads RV, Inc.
  • Doubletree RV, LLC
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Fairmont Homes, Inc.
  • Forest River, Inc.
  • Four Winds International Corporation
  • Frontier RV, Inc.
  • Frontier RV Georgia, LLC
  • Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.
  • Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
  • Homette Corporation
  • Hy-Line Enterprises, Inc. n/k/a FRH, Inc.
  • Jayco, Inc.
  • Jayco Enterprises, Inc.
  • Keystone RV Company
  • Komfort Corp.
  • KZRV, LP
  • Layton Homes Corp.
  • R-Vision, Inc.
  • Monaco Coach Corporation
  • Pilgrim International, Inc.
  • Play’Mor Trailers, Inc.
  • Recreation By Design, LLC
  • Skyline Corporation
  • Skyline Homes, Inc.
  • Starcraft RV, Inc.
  • SunRay RV, LLC
  • SunRay Investments, LLC
  • Thor Industries, Inc.
  • Thor California, Inc.
  • Timberland RV Company, Inc. d/b/a Adventure Manufacturing
  • TL Industries, Inc.
  • Vanguard, LLC
  • Vanguard Industries, Inc. of Michigan, Inc
  • Viking Recreational Vehicles, LLC

*The participation of R-Vision, Inc. is contingent upon the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware. Should the Bankruptcy Court not approve the participation of this Defendant in this Settlement, this Defendant, and its contribution to the Settlement, will be considered withdrawn from the Settlement.

**The participation of Pilgrim International, Inc. is contingent upon the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Should the Bankruptcy Courts not approve the participation of these Defendants in this Settlement, this Defendant, and its contribution to the Settlement, will be considered withdrawn from the settlement.

3. What is this lawsuit about?
This case came about after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Those hurricanes left people homeless in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The federal government provided housing, called Emergency Housing Units (“EHUs”), for people. The Defendants and other Released Parties in this case Manufactured some of the EHUs provided. The Plaintiffs in this case allege that they were exposed to hazardous levels of formaldehyde the EHUs. Defendants deny these claims. This case applies only to those persons who claim to have suffered symptoms or injuries as a result of exposure to formaldehyde in a Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer provided by FEMA and manufactured by one of the Settling Defendants listed above in Section 2. If you claim to have suffered symptoms or injuries as a result of exposure to formaldehyde in a Manufactured Home, also called a mobile home, provided by FEMA, you are not included in this Class.

4. What is Formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a chemical found both indoors and outdoors. Even the human body creates formaldehyde. Some of the building materials used in an EHU release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a chemical that is sometimes used as an adhesive in the assembly of certain parts of Travel Trailers.

5. Why is this a class action?
In a class settlement, one or more people called “Class Representatives” propose to settle claims on behalf of people who have similar claims, who are the “Class” or “Class Members.” One court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.

6. Why is there a settlement?
The Court did not decide in favor of the Plaintiffs or Defendants. Instead, both sides agreed to settle. That way, they avoid the costs and risks of a trial, and the people affected will get compensation. The Class Representatives and their attorneys think the settlement is best for all Class Members. The settlement does not mean that the Defendants and other Released Parties did anything wrong.

Who is in the settlement?

To see if you can get benefits from this settlement, you first have to determine if you are a Class Member

7. How do I know if I am part of the settlement?
If you claim to have suffered injuries or symptoms as a result of exposure to formaldehyde in a Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer , provided by the federal government following Hurricanes Katrina and/or Rita, you may be a Class Member. To be a Class Member, the Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer must have been Manufactured by a Manufacturer listed above in Section 2. The paperwork you received from the federal government should include either the manufacturer of the Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer, or the vehicle identification number, which will identify the manufacturer. To be a Class Member, the trailer in which you claim to have been exposed to formaldehyde must have been a a Travel Trailer or Park Model Trailer, not a Manufactured Home.

8. I’m still not sure I’m included.
If you are not sure whether you are included in the Class, you may call the toll free number 1-800-728-1628 with questions. Also, even if you are not sure if you are included in the Class, you should submit a timely Claim Form if you do not wish to be excluded from the Class.

The Settlement Benefits - What You Get

9. What does the settlement provide?
This settlement, in the total amount of $37,468,574.16, will provide money to Class Members who submit timely and valid Claim Forms. A Settlement Agreement, available at www.femaformaldehydelitigation.com or by calling 1-800-728-1628, describes all of the details about the proposed settlement.

10. How much will my payment be?
The money from the settlement will be distributed according to a Class Benefit Formula approved by the Court. If you received any Medicare/Medicaid/TRICARE/Veteran’s Administration/Indiana Health Services benefits, some or all of these amounts may be deducted from your settlement.

The Lawyers Representing You

11. Do I have a lawyer in this case?
If you have hired a lawyer to represent you for claims in this litigation, please contact your lawyer for further information.

The Court appointed certain attorneys, known as the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee or “PSC,” to represent you and other Class Members. You do not have to pay them. They will be paid out of the Total Settlement Fund. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, and have that lawyer appear in court for you in this case, you may hire one at your own expense.

The Court's Fairness Hearing

The Court will hold a hearing to decide whether to approve the settlement. You may attend and you may ask to speak, but you don’t have to.

12. When and where will the Court decide whether to approval the settlement?
The Court has scheduled a Fairness Hearing on September 27, 2012, at the Courthouse for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Northern Division, Hale Boggs Federal Building, United States Courthouse, 500 Poydras Street, Room C-351, New Orleans, LA 70130. At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. Judge Engelhardt will listen to people who have asked to speak about an objection according to Question 18 above. The Court may also decide how much to award the PSC as fees for representing the Class. At or after the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement. We do not know how long this decision will take. The hearing may be moved to a different date without additional notice, so it is a good idea to check www.femaformaldehydelitigation.com for updated information.

13. Do I have to come to the hearing?
No. You do not have to attend the Fairness Hearing. The PSC will answer questions that Judge Engelhardt may have. But, you are welcome to come at your own expense. If you send an objection, you don’t have to come to the Fairness Hearing to talk about it. As long as you filed and mailed your written objection on time, and as long as you attended the Special Master hearing according to Question 20 above, the Court will consider it. You may also pay your own lawyer to attend, but it’s not necessary.

14. May I speak at the hearing?
If you submitted an objection to the settlement (see Question 18 of Long Form Notice), you may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing. To do so, you must send a letter saying that it is your “Notice of Intention to Appear in In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Product Liability Litigation.” Your Notice of Intention to Appear must be received no later than August 31, 2012, and must be sent to the addresses listed in Question 18 of Long Form Notice along with the following information:

  • name of the case (In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Product Liability Litigation, No. 2:07-MD-1873, Section “N” (5);
  • your full name, address, telephone number, and signature;
  • detailed statement of the specific legal and factual basis for each objection;
  • list of any witnesses you intend to call at the Fairness Hearing, and a description of the testimony to be offered; and
  • list of exhibits and copies of all exhibits you intend to introduce at the Fairness Hearing.

How to Get a Payment - Submitting a Claim Form

15. How can I get a payment?
To ask for a payment, you must complete and submit a Claim Form. A Claim Form is included with this Notice. You can also get a Claim Form at www.femaformaldehydelitigation.com or by calling 1-800-728-1628. Please read the instructions carefully, fill out the Claim Form and mail it, postmarked by October 12, 2012, to:

FEMA TRAILER LITIGATION CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR
P.O. Box 82565
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70884

16. When will I get my payment?
The payments will be mailed to Class Members who send in timely and valid Claim Forms, after the Court grants “final approval” of the settlement, and any appeals are resolved. If Judge Engelhardt approves the settlement after an upcoming hearing (see the section “The Court’s Fairness Hearing” below), there may be appeals. If there are any appeals, resolving them can take time. Please be patient.

17. What am I giving up to get a payment or stay in the Class?
If the settlement becomes final, you will be releasing the Defendants or other Released Parties who settled, for all the claims identified in Section IX of the Settlement Agreement. These are called “Released Claims.” The Settlement Agreement is available at www.femaformaldehydelitigation.com. The Settlement Agreement describes the Released Claims with specific descriptions, in necessarily accurate legal terminology, so read it carefully. Talk to your attorneys (see the section on “The Lawyers Representing You” below) or your own lawyer if you have questions about the Released Claims or what they mean.

Excluding Yourself From the Settlement

If you don’t want a payment from this settlement, but you want to keep the right to sue the Defendants or other Released Parties about the issues in this case, then you must take steps to get out. This is called excluding yourself from—or is sometimes referred to as “opting out” of —the settlement Class.

18. How do I get out of the settlement?
To exclude yourself from the settlement, you must send a letter by mail saying that you want to be excluded from In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Product Liability Litigation. You must include the case number (No. 2:07-MD-1873, Section “N” (5)), your full name, address, and telephone number, identify which defendant(s) you have claims against (the manufacturer of your EHU), and sign the request. Your exclusion request will not be valid, and you will be bound by the settlement, if you do not include this information in your exclusion request. You must mail your request for exclusion so that it is received by August 17,2012, to:

Gerald E. Meunier
Justin I. Woods
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC
2800 Energy Centre
1100 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70163

You can’t exclude yourself on the phone or at the website.

19. If I don’t exclude myself, can I sue the Defendants or other Released Parties for the same thing later?
No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right to sue the Defendants or other Released Parties for the claims that this settlement resolves. You must exclude yourself from this Class to start your own lawsuit. Remember, any exclusion requests must be received by August 17, 2012.

20. If I exclude myself, can I get a payment from this settlement?
No. If you exclude yourself, do not submit a Claim Form to ask for a payment.

Objecting To The Settlement

You can tell the Court if you don’t agree with the settlement or some part of it.

21. How do I tell the Court if I don’t like the settlement?
You can object to the settlement if you don’t like some part of it. The Court will consider your views. To do so, you must send in a written objection in the case, In Re: FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Product Liability Litigation, No. 2:07-MD-1873, Section “N” (5). You must include your full name, address, telephone number, and your signature. You must also include the specific reasons why you object to the settlement, any legal support or evidence to support your objection, and whether you or your attorney, or any other witness, will be attending the hearing, along with a description of any witness’s testimony, and a list of any exhibits you may offer at the hearing along with copies of those exhibits. (See “The Court’s Fairness Hearing” below). You must mail your objection so that it is received by August 31, 2012, to the three addresses listed below:

Court PSC Defense Counsel
Clerk of Court
Eastern District of Louisiana,
North Division
Hale Boggs Federal Building
United States Courthouse
500 Poydras Street, Room C-151
New Orleans, LA 70130
Gerald E. Meunier
Justin I. Woods
Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David,
Meunier & Warshauer, LLC
2800 Energy Centre
1100 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70163
James C. Percy
Ryan E. Johnson
Jones Walker
8555 United Plaza Blvd.
5th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

The Court may overrule your objection. If you want money from the settlement, even if you object to it, you must file a timely Claim Form.

22. What’s the difference between objecting and asking to be excluded?
Objecting is telling the Court that you oppose approval of the settlement. You can object only if you stay in the Class. Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you don’t want to be part of the Class. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the case no longer affects you.

23. Do I need to make an appearance to talk about my objection?
Once you file a timely and valid objection, the Special Master, who is someone the Court appointed to help with the settlement, will schedule a hearing to try to resolve your objection. You will receive a notice of the date, time and place of the hearing. You must attend this Special Master hearing for your objection to be heard at the Fairness Hearing.

If You Do Nothing

24. What happens if I do nothing at all?
If you do nothing, you’ll get no payment from this settlement. And, unless you exclude yourself, you won’t be able to sue the Defendants or other Released Parties for the claims resolved in this case.

Getting More Information

25. How do I get more information about the settlement?
This notice summarizes the proposed settlement. More details are in a Settlement Agreement, which is available at www.femaformaldehydelitigation.com or by calling 1-800-728-1628. If you have questions, visit the website, or call 1-800-728-1628 toll free.