Welcome to the Informational Website for the Kowa v. The Auto Club Group Settlement.

This Settlement resolves a class action lawsuit alleging that The Auto Club Group’s (“ACG”) membership renewal policy deprived certain individuals of a full year’s worth of membership benefits for which they paid. ACG denies that it did anything wrong whatsoever. The Court has not decided who is right. The Parties, however, have agreed to settle the case to avoid the cost, delay, and uncertainty of litigation.

The Settlement Class is composed of all Persons who, at any time between November 1, 2005 and November 13, 2013, renewed their memberships with ACG or an ACG Club and paid their renewal membership dues more than 15 days after expiration of their prior memberships, but whose new membership terms were deemed by ACG or an ACG Club to have begun on the prior expiration date. The Settlement Class includes Persons who were members of AAA Auto Club South, AAA Chicago, AAA East Tennessee, AAA Michigan, AAA Minnesota/Iowa, AAA Nebraska, AAA North Dakota and AAA Wisconsin (the “ACG Clubs”) and who would otherwise fall within the definition of the Settlement Class.

The Court has given its preliminary approval to the Settlement, and has ordered that a Notice be sent to all Class Members. To read the Settlement Agreement or other Important Documents filed in this case, or to get answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click on the appropriate link at the left of this page.

Your rights are affected whether or not you act. Please read the Notice carefully.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT CLASS (OPT OUT) If you exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will not be bound by the Settlement or judgment and will not be entitled to benefits. This is the only option that allows you to bring or be part of any other lawsuit against ACG or an ACG Club about the same legal claims that are or should have been advanced in this case. You must exclude yourself from the Settlement by March 14, 2014.
OBJECT If you do not exclude yourself, you may write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement or the request for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses. You must send a written objection to the Court postmarked no later than March 14, 2014.
ATTEND THE HEARING ON APRIL 30, 2014 You may ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement or the request for Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses.
DO NOTHING You will be eligible to receive the benefits detailed in the Settlement Agreement. You give up your right to sue ACG or an ACG Club on these claims later. Please note: If you are a former member with ACG or an ACG Club, you must first re-enroll for a membership with ACG or an ACG Club in order to receive the full benefits detailed in the Settlement Agreement. Although you will be billed for the full cost of an annual membership, you will not be charged the standard new member fee if you are re-enrolling pursuant to this Settlement.

  • These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in the Detailed Notice.
  • The Court still must decide whether to give Final Approval to the Settlement. Likewise, benefits to Settlement Class Members will be provided only if the Court grants Final Approval of the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved and certain other criteria are met.

Please do not write or call the judge or any court personnel concerning this Lawsuit or Settlement except in accordance with the instructions in the Detailed Notice or Settlement Agreement.