I am proud to announce that today, Judge Linda Carpenter signed a Final Order approving the settlement that was reached with the City of Philadelphia in the matter of A.R., et al., v. City of Philadelphia, et al, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas docket no. 151201740, stemming from the City’s disclosure of confidential license to carry firearms (“LTCF”) applicant information through the use of un-enveloped postcards. You can find out more information about the class action lawsuit on the class administrator’s website – http://www.philaltcfclassaction.com/default.aspx.
As a result of the Settlement, the City will pay $500,000 to the 988 class members, who were sent un-enveloped postcards and will be separately responsible for the costs of administering the settlement. Further, and of similar importance, the City has agreed to several policy changes, which can be found starting on page 11 of the Settlement Agreement, including:
- Not to send, in any form, un-enveloped postcards containing LTCF applicant or license holder information;
- Not to utilized unprotected sign-in sheets, which contain LTCF applicant or license holder information (but does permit them to request initials); and,
- Not to verbalize the name or current address of LTCF applicants in a location where non-authorized personnel can hear such information;
A copy of the Final Order is available here. All class members entitled to payment, barring any appeal, should start to receive their checks in very late November/early December.
If your confidential license to carry firearms information has been disclosed, contact Firearms Industry Consulting Group today to discuss YOUR rights and legal options.
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