March 27, 2014:
A judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently granted preliminary approval to a settlement in a class action lawsuit filed against Archstone. The lawsuit alleged that Archstone unlawfully charged “amenity fees” to its tenants in lieu of charging a security deposit. The recent settlement affects those who resided at any of the following apartment complexes previously owned by Archstone in Massachusetts:
- Archstone Quincy, North Quincy
- Archstone Boston Common, Boston
- Archstone Kendall Square, Cambridge
- Archstone Quarry Hills, Quincy
- Archstone Avenir, Boston
- Archstone Watertown, Watertown
- Archstone Bear Hill, Waltham
- Archstone Cronin’s Landing, Waltham
- Archstone North Point, Cambridge
If you leased an apartment at any of these apartment complexes from May 17, 2008 through the present and paid an amenity fee, you are a member of the class and should have received notice of the class action and instructions on how to file a claim. If you have not received a claim form, please contact us immediately for instructions on how to ensure you are included in the class settlement. All claims forms must be filed by June 9, 2014. YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM FORM TO RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION OR REFUND FROM THE SETTLEMENT FUND. If you were a co-tenant in an apartment and resided with another individual such as a spouse, child, family member, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, or stranger, each co-tenant must file their own claim form. If you (or your co-tenants) do not timely file a claim, you will not be able to receive your portion of the $1.3 million settlement fund.
The case is Heien, et al. v. Archstone, et al., U.S.D.C., D. Mass, C. A. No. 1:12-cv-11079-RGS. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for June 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM. Copies of settlement documents in the case are included below.
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