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Distribution - Frequently Asked Questions

Distribution in the first five Settlements was made on June 29, 2016.  Checks issued in the June 29, 2016 distribution are no longer valid and cannot be reissued.  

Distribution in the last six Settlements was made on September 11, 2017.

1. Can I still submit a Claim to receive Payment?
Claim Forms are no longer being accepted.  

2. What does this Settlement provide?

Defendants Morgan Stanley, Wachovia, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and GE paid a total of $126,325,000.00 into a Settlement Fund for the first five Settlements.   The Settlement Fund from the first five Settlements was distributed on June 29, 2016, pursuant to the Plan of Distribution for those Settlements.   Per a July 18, 2017 Court Order, any funds remaining from that distribution will be redistributed to eligible claimants in the second distribution pursuant to the same Plan of Distribution

 

Defendants UBS A.G., Nataxis Funding Corp., Société Générale, A.G., Piper Jaffray & Co., George K. Baum Company, and National Westminster Bank, plc, paid a total of $100,515,000.00 into a Settlement Fund for the last six Settlements.  Attorneys' fees and expenses, the cost of administering the Settlements, and the Class Representative enhancement awards and expenses were deducted from the respective Settlement Funds. The remaining amounts from the last six Settlements are to be distributed proportionally among eligible claimants based on the size of their claims according to the Plan of Distribution for the second six Settlements.

3. Did the Court approve the Distribution?
The Court approved the September 11, 2017 Distribution on July 18, 2017.

4. When will I be paid?
Checks were mailed on September 11, 2017.

5. How were payments calculated?
According to the Court-approved Plan of Distribution, Offered Claim payments were paid first from the fund. The amount of an Offered Claim equals the amount offered by the State AGs, but which was declined by the claimant, for a transaction or transactions under the State AG Settlements with GE, Wachovia, JP Morgan, Bank of America, or UBS.  If a claimant was previously paid an Offered Claim in the distribution of the Settlement funds from the first five Settlements, the same claimant was not paid for that Offered Claim in the September 11, 2017 distribution.

The pro rata claim of each Authorized Claimant was determined second, using a three step process laid out in the Court-approved Plan of Distribution.

First, each Authorized Claimant’s notional stake was calculated by totaling the notional stakes for each of its qualifying Municipal Transactions. The notional stake equals the notional amount of the transaction at issuance multiplied by the term of the transaction in years.

Second, each Authorized Claimant’s notional share was calculated. The notional share was calculated by dividing each Authorized Claimant’s notional stake by the sum of the notional stakes for all Authorized Claimants.
Third, the pro rata claim was calculated by multiplying the aggregate amount in the Net Allocation Funds by the Authorized Claimant’s notional share.

After performing this calculation, and pursuant to the Court-approved Plan of Distribution, no claim was paid if the total payment to that Authorized Claimant was to be $10 or less, or if the Authorized Claimant’s total notional stake was zero. All payments made were rounded to the nearest dollar. More details can be found in the Plan of Distribution.

6. Can my check be reissued?
If you have not received your check by September 25, 2017, or require a reissue for reasons other than a change of name on the check, please submit a written request to have the check reissued to:

Municipal Derivatives Settlement
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
PO Box 2500
Faribault, MN 55021-9500

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

7. Can I have the name on the check changed?
Please submit a written request to have the check reissued, along with any supporting documentation necessary to make the name change, and your original check marked “VOID”, to:

Municipal Derivatives Settlement
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
PO Box 2500
Faribault, MN 55021-9500

Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

8. Will I have to pay taxes on my payment?
Whether any payment you receive is taxable will depend on your individual tax circumstances. We cannot give you tax or other legal advice on this matter. If you have tax questions, you should contact a tax preparer or advisor.

9. Where can I get more information?
If you want more detailed information, you may contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-877-310-0512.

 

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