Corrective SolutionsNearly 800,000 California and Pennsylvania residents may be eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit settlement involving two debt-collection companies that allegedly forced consumers into paying for “Financial Accountability” classes as part of a Bad Check Restitution Program. If approved, Class Members will receive $75 cash from the $3 million class action settlement.

Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit accuse American Corrective Counseling Services (ACCS) and National Corrective Group (NCG), which operates as Corrective Solutions, of violating various laws by making false and misleading statements and seeking and collecting fees unauthorized by law when carrying out bad check diversion programs in the names of district attorneys.

According to the Corrective Solutions class action lawsuit, ACCS and NCG would mail notices, printed on local DA’s letterhead stationery, ordering consumers who wrote checks with insufficient funds to pay hundreds of dollars to attend a “Financial Accountability” class. Consumers who didn’t pay the fee and attend the class were threatened with criminal prosecution.

American Corrective Counseling Services and National Corrective Group deny the allegations but have agreed to a $3 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation.

Class Members of the ACCS, NCG class action lawsuit settlement include anyone who received a District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program Notice in California between January 4, 2006 and August 31, 2011 or in Pennsylvania between January 25, 2004 and August 31, 2011, which was printed on letterhead stationary from one of the District Attorneys listed on the Settlement Website: www.SmithSettlement.com.

Class Members that submit a valid Claim Form no later than February 14, 2013 will receive $75 cash from the class action lawsuit settlement. This amount may be higher or lower, depending on how many people file valid Claims.

Claim Forms and more information on your rights in the Corrective Solutions District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Settlement can be found at www.SmithSettlement.com.

The case is Smith v. National Corrective Group, Inc., Case No. 10-cv-0010 JSW, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

UPDATE 12/24/13: The class action settlement was rejected in December 2012 for being “problematic.” The Settlement website has been taken down, so no updates are available.

UPDATE 6/20/14:An amended class action settlement agreement was entered in August 2013, was granted final approval on May 5, 2014, and became effective May 6, 2014. Payments are expected to be mailed to Class Members in late July 2014, according to the Settlement Administrator. Settlement Class Members who received notice of the DA Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Settlement will automatically receive payment. Those who did not receive a notice had to submit a claim by April 1, 2014 to participate. If you receive a check, let us know!

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49 Comments

  • Regan fox January 25, 2013

    I turned I’m a claim form and was curious to know when to expect a check?

    • Myrna Jones June 16, 2014

      I turned in claim form and would like to know when and if mi will receive money, Also how much.

  • John J. February 21, 2013

    I want to know what is going on with this settlement. I spent the postage to mail in a claim form, and I am wondering when the $75 is coming.

  • Renee Roman February 22, 2013

    When will I get my check?

  • Pdjones March 17, 2013

    Hi, I recently was going thru personal problems and forgot to send in the post card. Can I still send it in or can I call. Thanks

  • David Granby June 24, 2013

    When will I receive my check for $75. I can’t obtain any information regarding this class action law suit. The telephone number on the claim is no longer in service.

  • David Granby June 25, 2013

    Phone number for class action law suit no longer in service. How can find out the status of this claim?

  • Pearl October 23, 2013

    i sent my claim in and havent heard anything as of yet what can i expect from this case

  • addie pratt February 3, 2014

    I was wondering how much money will I recive and when can I expect it

  • christina rivas February 12, 2014

    court was on feb 7th rite so wat was the outcome? wen can i recieve my $

  • Dena Garcia February 20, 2014

    When will I see the payment of settlement

  • Dena Garcia February 20, 2014

    How was court outcome

  • mad atyou March 22, 2014

    Bullcrap. I paid OVER $1,200 for this crap in 2007 and all I get is $75??? Wtf. greedy a$$ white politicians. And there damn white collar crimes. All their generations to come will be cursed.

  • Victoria A. Hicks March 22, 2014

    I wanted to know what to do i moved and need to give out my new address for the updates how do i do tat i did already call when i got the post card but i moved since then so how do i update my address.

  • Victoria A. Hicks March 22, 2014

    does anyone have the 1-800 number..

  • yvette mancillas March 23, 2014

    i was just wondering what happen to the settelment. can i get an up date

  • Laura April 10, 2014

    I never rec’d any money either. the 866-403-6561

  • Laura April 10, 2014

    I just spoke with a customer service rep and at this point there is no resolution. Bummer!

  • judy April 19, 2014

    I heard the judge did not approve the amount of settlement, I paid a big amount, plus, I was called on my job, the operatingroom, threatened, these people think they did no wrong, I want to say THANK YOU! Judge for denying the amount they want to settle this matter with, We The People that got mistreated verbally and paid alot of money, deserve more than 75 dollars, I remember, I was scared, I could not stay Focus on my job…Saving lives

  • robert June 7, 2014

    I payed almost 500 $ and come tofind out its all BS
    I went through more than 75 $ worth the bullshit

  • Anthony J Molles June 12, 2014

    I need to know If I approved for the settlement, please let me know
    Thank You

  • margaret white June 15, 2014

    In the web site the said payments will be issued in june 2014 that was in may. Since then the 800 number is just a recording. And the website page is down. Theres nobody to contact anymore. Im starting to think something’s not right. Can someone updated me. Has anyone seen any money yet.

  • Cesst June 16, 2014

    They already send the checks

  • kim June 18, 2014

    I too was wondering about when the checks were coming. I called today and it said they were mailed out this month. I hope it’s more than $75 but anything is better than nothing.

  • Lex June 18, 2014

    Has anyone gotten a check ?

  • kim June 19, 2014

    The recording is now saying that the checks will be mailed late july. :(

  • Top Class Actions June 20, 2014

    UPDATE:An amended class action settlement agreement was entered in August 2013, was granted final approval on May 5, 2014, and became effective May 6, 2014. Payments are expected to be mailed to Class Members in late July 2014, according to the Settlement Administrator. Settlement Class Members who received notice of the DA Bad Check Restitution Program Class Action Settlement will automatically receive payment. Those who did not receive a notice had to submit a claim by April 1, 2014 to participate. If you receive a check, let us know!

  • cherrees July 19, 2014

    I feel its very wrong that we only get $75 our class is only 160,000 people strong well that’s what I read on the website ..they said it could have been up to 800,000.smh I can’t believe after all the anxiety And stress they put me through that’s all I get very disappointed

    • carnell tutwiler July 22, 2014

      I thought we all were going to get $ 2,222.00. Not $75.00. Is the checks still going out in late July ? If so, do you know about what date?

      • Patty July 26, 2014

        That’s what I thought too. I haven’t received anything. $75 really doesn’t compare to the harrassment that we all went through.

  • Sasha July 20, 2014

    Cherres did you get your check already ?

  • Latun July 22, 2014

    no one has gotten a check yet

  • Jamie July 22, 2014

    Has anyone got there check

    • jeffrey July 23, 2014

      Not here in Oakland, CA

  • Jamie July 23, 2014

    Does Anyone Know the Amount ???

    • JD July 23, 2014

      Not here in California.

  • Janice July 23, 2014

    I really hope we get checks this month and it’s not pushed back again

  • Theodora July 24, 2014

    Where is my check,we all need money.

    • jeffrey July 24, 2014

      its all in the lawyers pockets…

  • Theodora July 24, 2014

    I need my little check

  • jeffrey July 24, 2014

    what a farce! how difficult is it to cut checks (supposedly all the same amount) to those they already have addresses fo?r (they mailed us notifications)…I mean, really?

  • angie July 24, 2014

    I agree, I know a couple people that have received the notifications over a year ago and nobody has received a dime. How much later in July can they go, it’s already the 24!!! July 2015 I suppose!!!

  • Jamie July 25, 2014

    Anyone receive a check yet????

  • tami bannerman July 25, 2014

    Im in LA and i have not recieved a check either. Is there someone we can contact. Why isnt there anyone we can talk too? This is not right!

  • Jamie July 25, 2014

    Checks are going out July 31

    • DeniaE July 25, 2014

      Of course, they will mail them on the very last day – this is typical of settlement check disbursement. When they mean at the end of July – they mean the very last day in July and make everybody wait, except the attorneys, of course.

  • Patty July 26, 2014

    I guess since we’ve been waiting soo long, it doesn’t hurt to wait until August 1st!!!!

  • Jan July 27, 2014

    Not sure if it’s true or not , but a woman on Facebook said she spoke with the admin and checks are only 2.04 a piece which I think is bull crap

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