The Fairness Hearing will now be held remotely at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021. The parties and members of the public may access the proceeding by dialing 1-888-363-4749 and entering access code 9196964. Please email ShelterWiFiCase@legal-aid.org or call 1-800-649-9125 if you have any questions.
You should read this notice if:
In 2020, three parents and guardians of children enrolled in New York City schools, along with Coalition for the Homeless, sued the City of New York in a federal class action lawsuit called E.G. et al. v. City of New York, et al., 1:20-cv-09879 (AJN). This is a class action case, which means that it was brought on behalf of a group of people who had the same problem. Both sides in the case have come up with a plan to fix the problem and have asked the judge to approve their plan, which is called a settlement. In the settlement, New York City agreed to install WiFi in shelters with families with minor children to make sure students living in those shelters can connect to the internet for remote learning. New York City must also make sure students can get access to the internet while it is installing WiFi at the shelters.
You are a Class member and covered by this settlement if:
Note: This notice contains a summary of the settlement and does not describe all the details.
The settlement agreement is on the websites of The Legal Aid Society, Coalition for the Homeless, and the New York City Department of Education: https://legalaidnyc.org/, www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/wifi, and https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/special-situations/students-in-temporary-housing. To get a copy of the settlement, or if you have questions, you can call, mail, or email:
The Legal Aid Society WiFi Class Action 199 Water Street, 3rd floor New York, NY 10038 ShelterWiFiCase@legal-aid.org 1-800-649-9125
No. If you agree with the settlement, you do not need to do anything. If the Court approves the settlement, students and families will see improved internet connectivity, and better help fixing technology issues. You will also be bound by the settlement, which means you won’t be able to make changes to the settlement.
Class members have the right to tell the Court if they object or don’t agree to the settlement. Class members can object by attending the fairness hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021, via telephone. To join the fairness hearing via telephone, please dial 1-888-363-4749 and enter access code 9196964. Judge Alison Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York will conduct the hearing.
Class members may also object by sending a letter marked “WiFi Class Action” and postmarked by August 13, 2021, to the Court at the address listed above, with a copy sent to the following: The Legal Aid Society Attn: Beth Hofmeister 199 Water Street, 3rd floor New York, NY 10038
If you have any questions, you may call 1-800-649-9125, or email the above attorney, who represents the certified Class in this action, at ShelterWiFiCase@legal-aid.org. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE COURT. Court staff are not able to respond to calls and ask that you reach out through the email or address above.