Milstead v. Robert Fiance Beauty Schools
Robert Fiance Beauty Schools Settlement
CAM-L-328-16

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  • This lawsuit involves allegations that Defendants charged fees for cosmetology, hairstyling and other services provided by students to members of the public, at one of five school salon clinics operated by the Robert Fiance Beauty School in New Jersey (“the School”), that were alleged to have exceeded the cost of the materials used in the performance of those services, in violation of a New Jersey statute.

    If you are a citizen of New Jersey who paid a fee for student-provided hair and cosmetology services at one of the five student salon clinics operated by the School in New Jersey between January 25, 2010 and March 15, 2019, you are a member of the proposed class. The notice is intended to inform you about the proposed Settlement of this class action lawsuit and about your options, before the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement. If the Court approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved, an administrator appointed by the Court will distribute the settlement benefits that the Settlement allows.

    The Court in charge of the case is the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, and the case is pending before the Honorable Steven J. Polansky, J.S.C. The lawsuit is known as Jaime Milstead v. Robert Fiance Beauty Schools Inc., et al., and is pending under Docket No. CAM-L-328-16. The person who sued is called the Plaintiff, and the parties being sued are called the Defendants.

  • This is a proposed class action on behalf of customers who received and paid for student-provided services at one of the five student salon clinics operated by the Robert Fiance Beauty School in New Jersey between January 25, 2010 and March 15, 2019.  One or more of the Defendants operates each of the five Robert Fiance Beauty School student salon clinics in New Jersey, where cosmetology students provide cosmetology, hairstyling and other services to the general public in exchange for certain fees.  The Plaintiff contends that these fees exceeded the cost of the materials used in providing the services, in violation of New Jersey law.

    The Defendants deny the Plaintiff’s allegations and claims in their entirety but have agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the burdens and costs of litigation. 

  • Defendants operate five beauty school student salon “clinics” in New Jersey under the name “Robert Fiance Beauty Schools” located at 70 E. Holly Avenue, Pitman, New Jersey 08071; 5518 Bergenline Avenue, West New York, New Jersey 07093; 121 Watchung Avenue, North Plainfield, New Jersey 07060; 312 State Street, Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861; and 1458 Rt. 35 South, Ocean, New Jersey 07712.

  • In a class action lawsuit, one or more people called “Class Representatives” or “Lead Plaintiffs” sue on behalf of other people who have similar claims.  The people together are called a “Class” or “Class Members” (in this case the Settlement Class).  The persons who sued – and all of the Class Members like them – are called the Plaintiffs.  The company and individuals they sued (in this case Robert Fiance Beauty Schools, Inc., GBR, Inc., Reignbow Academy, Inc., and Paul Ferrara)  are called the Defendants.  If the Court approves the Settlement, the Settlement will resolve the claims of everyone in the Settlement Class, except for those people who choose to exclude themselves from the Settlement Class.  Judge Polansky is in charge of this case and has certified the lawsuit as a class action for settlement purposes only.

  • The Court did not issue a final ruling in favor of Plaintiff or Defendants.  Instead, Lead Plaintiff and Defendants agreed to enter into the Settlement after an exchange of information and vigorous arms-length negotiations.  That way, they avoid litigation costs, and the people affected will receive certain settlement benefits.  The Lead Plaintiff, and counsel for the Lead Plaintiff and the Class Members (“Class Counsel”), think the Settlement is best for the Class Members.

  • If you are a citizen of New Jersey who paid a fee for student-provided hair and cosmetology services at one of the five student salon clinics operated by the Robert Fiance Beauty School in New Jersey between January 25, 2010 and March 15, 2019, you are a member of the proposed class.

  • The Settlement will result in dismissal of this case and final resolution of all claims that the Settlement Class raised or could have raised against Defendants in the lawsuit.  Such dismissal will release Defendants from liability for those claims.  The terms of the Settlement are described in full in a document known as the Settlement Agreement (“Settlement Agreement”).  The Settlement Agreement is available for your inspection in the Important Documents section of this website. The capitalized terms as used in this notice have the same meaning as the terms set forth in the Settlement Agreement.

  • Under the Settlement, Class Members who submit timely valid claims will receive two non-transferable $5 Service Vouchers (for a total of $10 in Service Vouchers) that can be redeemed in exchange for student-provided services at any student salon clinic operated under the name Robert Fiance Beauty School in New Jersey.  Service Vouchers are one-time use, not redeemable for cash or change, and may not be used for products or goods.  The Service Vouchers will be issued and dated after the Effective Date of the Settlement and will be valid for a period of one year from the Date of Issue stamped on the Service Voucher.

    In the event that the Settlement Fund for a given Robert Fiance clinic, net of the payments described herein, is not sufficient to enable $5 Service Vouchers (for a total of $10 in Service Vouchers) for each claim, the per-claim payment will be decreased in proportion to the total number of claims made for vouchers in that clinic.  If you are an eligible Settlement Class Member and wish to receive this benefit, you must have timely submitted a Claim Form to the Settlement Administrator as described in FAQ 9.

  • If you are an eligible Class Member and you wish to receive two $5 Service Vouchers, you need to have completed and submitted a Claim Form in a timely manner. This form is necessary to ensure that only eligible Class Members receive a benefit. The Claim Form is available on the Important Documents page of this website or by calling the Settlement Administrator toll free at 1-833-207-1162 or by writing the Settlement Administrator at:

    Robert Fiance Beauty Schools Settlement
    c/o JND Legal Administration
    PO Box 91190
    Seattle, WA 98111

    The fully completed Claim Form must be submitted via either email to info@robertfiancesettlement.com, fax to (877) 935-1175, or U.S. mail to the Settlement Administrator at the address listed above. The deadline for submission of the Claim Form was August 1, 2019. Accordingly, to be valid, the Claim Form must have been postmarked, emailed or faxed no later than August 1, 2019, and accurately addressed to the Settlement Administrator.

  • The Court approved the Settlement on July 1, 2019. If no appeal is taken, then you can expect to receive your payment promptly. If an appeal is taken, then resolving it may take some time, perhaps up to, or more than, a year. Please be patient.

    In order to increase participation in the class settlement, and to maximize relief for the class, Defendants have agreed, and the Court has directed, that in addition to the formal written claims process set forth in the Preliminary Approval Order and the approved Settlement Agreement, Defendants shall also distribute $10 in vouchers (two $5 vouchers per customer) to customers at each of Defendants' five student salon clinics until September 1, 2019, or until 600 such vouchers are distributed at each such clinic (3,000 vouchers total), whichever comes first. This is in addition to 1,000 vouchers (200 per facility) already distributed as of July 1, 2019.

  • Unless you excluded yourself, you are staying in the Settlement Class, and that means that you cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any other lawsuit against Defendants regarding the same subject matter as this case.  It also means that all of the Court’s orders will apply to you and legally bind you.  In addition, as a result, as further detailed in the Settlement Agreement, Class Members who have not timely requested exclusion from this Settlement Class shall be deemed to Release all claims consistent with the Release herein.  In the Settlement Agreement and Release, Defendants and their respective owners, shareholders, officers, employees, agents, representatives and insurers are fully released from any and all claims or causes of action, whether known or unknown, that were, or could have been, asserted by the named Plaintiff or any member of the Settlement Class, their respective spouses, former spouses, successors, heirs, executors and administrators (“Releasors”) against the Defendants, their parents, shareholders, partners, general partners, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and entities, as well as their officers, managers, representatives, officials, agents, employees, affiliates, predecessors, insurers and their successors and assigns and all other related persons, firms, corporations and any and all other named or unnamed persons or entities (“Releasees”) arising out of or in any way related to the charging of fees for student-provided services at the School.

  • The deadline to exclude yourself passed on June 7, 2019. If you excluded yourself, you are not legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit.

  • No. Unless you excluded yourself, you gave up the right to sue Defendants for the claims that the Settlement resolves. If you have a pending lawsuit, speak to your lawyer in that lawsuit immediately. You must have excluded yourself from this Settlement Class to continue your own lawsuit. Remember, the exclusion deadline was June 7, 2019. Any exclusion request postmarked after that date will not be valid, and the sender will be a Class Member and bound by the Settlement and Release.

  • The Court decided that the law firm of DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Marlton, New Jersey is qualified to represent you and all Class Members. The law firm is called “Class Counsel.” It is experienced in handling similar cases. More information can be obtained about this law firm, its practices, and its lawyers’ experience by contacting the following Class Counsel:

    Stephen P. DeNittis, Esq.
    DENITTIS OSEFCHEN PRINCE, P.C.
    5 Greentree Centre, Suite 410
    525 Route 73 North
    Marlton, NJ 08053
    (856) 797-9951
    Email: sdenittis@denittislaw.com
    Website: www.denittislaw.com

  • Class Counsel has pursued this lawsuit on a contingent basis and has paid all costs of the lawsuit. These attorneys have not yet been paid or recovered any of their costs associated with the lawsuit.  As part of the Settlement, the Court approved Class Counsel's request for $225,000 to cover its costs and fees. Any fees and costs awarded by the Court to Class Counsel will be paid by Defendants and not the class and will not reduce any benefits to the class.

  • If you chose not to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you could have told the Court that you do not agree with the Settlement or some part of it.

  • The deadline to file an objection passed on June 7, 2019. If you filed an objection, you are still a member of the Settlement Class and will receive the benefits of the Settlement and will be subject to the release.

  • Objecting is simply telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement.  You can object only if you stay in the Settlement Class.  Excluding yourself is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class or the Settlement.  If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the case no longer affects you.

  • The Court approved the Settlement on July 1, 2019. In order to increase participation in the class settlement, and to maximize relief for the class, Defendants have agreed, and the Court has directed, that in addition to the formal written claims process set forth in the Preliminary Approval Order and the approved Settlement Agreement, Defendants shall also distribute $10 in vouchers (two $5 vouchers per customer) to customers at each of Defendants' five student salon clinics until September 1, 2019, or until 600 such vouchers are distributed at each such clinic (3,000 vouchers total), whichever comes first.

     

  • If you do nothing, you forfeit the opportunity to receive any monetary compensation and you give up any rights to sue Defendants separately about the claims that have been or could have been asserted in this lawsuit.

  • The Pleadings, the Settlement Agreement, and other papers filed in this lawsuit are available for your inspection in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, 101 South Fifth Street, Camden, NJ 08103.

    Additional information may be obtained on this website.  You may also contact the Settlement Administrator toll free at (833) 207-1162 or in writing at the contact information found at the bottom of this website. Additionally, you may contact Class Counsel, whose contact information is listed in FAQ 14

    PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE CLERK OF THE COURT.

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Robert Fiance Beauty Schools Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91190
Seattle, WA 98111