Technical questions about filing an online claim

Consumers

Updated June 7, 2013


Notifications and payments were sent to Consumer Claimants in June 2013. The Consumer Subclass Settlement Fund was divided pro rata among the Consumer Subclass members whose claims were approved for payment. Payments were calculated based on several factors, including how much you paid, the quantity and quality of the diamonds you purchased, the amount of money that is available for your Class or Sub-class, and how many Class Members filed claims. Your Claim Form provides more information describing how your payment was calculated. Additional details regarding how your claim was calculated is available in Appendix B of the Long Form Notice, which is available at this website.

If your claim’s proportionate share of the Net Distribution Fund calculated to an amount that was less than $10.00, a check was not issued in accordance with the Order Approving Distribution of the Indirect Purchaser Consumer Subclass Settlement Fund.

  • Why did I receive this payment?

    You have received a check from the Diamonds Class Action Settlement because you filed a valid claim form. Please note that if your check is not cashed or deposited within 90 days from the date on the check, it will become null and void. By cashing this check you are not purchasing any good or service.

  • Why were payments delayed?

    The Settlement has been on appeal for a number of years, which delayed payment to eligible Class Members. The Fairness Hearing was held on April 14, 2008, and the Court approved the Settlement on May 27, 2008. Appeals were subsequently filed contesting final approval of the Settlement. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the final petition for review on May 21, 2012, paving the way to complete the claims processing and distribution phase.

  • How were payment amounts calculated?

    The Consumer Subclass Settlement Fund was divided pro rata among the Consumer Subclass members whose claims were approved for payment. Your payment was calculated based on several factors, including how much you paid, the quantity and quality of the diamonds you purchased, the amount of money that is available for your Class or Sub-class, and how many Class Members file claims. Your Claim Form provides more information describing how your payment was calculated and additional information can be found in Appendix B of the Long Form Notice, which is available at this website.

  • Why did I get a notification stating my claim was not eligible for a payment?

    If your claim’s proportionate share of the Net Distribution Fund calculated to an amount that was less than $10.00, a check was not issued in accordance with the Order Approving Distribution of the Indirect Purchaser Consumer Subclass Settlement Fund.

  • Will cashing this payment have tax consequences for me?

    The Settlement Administrator cannot provide tax advice or assistance. Please consult your own financial advisor relating to tax questions.