Case Information

About This Case

If you or a deceased family member lost your real estate to a tax foreclosure in Oakland County, Michigan, between 2009 and 2020, a $38 million settlement may affect your rights.

  • Class Representatives (“Plaintiffs”) and Oakland County have reached a settlement (“the Settlement”) in a class action lawsuit called Bowles v County Of Oakland, et al., Case No 20-12838. 
  • Plaintiffs allege that Oakland County violated the law by foreclosing on the homes of property owners for unpaid taxes and retaining more than the tax delinquency after the properties were sold at a tax foreclosure auction.
  • Oakland County denies wrongdoing and asserts it was following state law and procedures that were required to be taken when a property owner does not pay their property taxes.
  • The Court has not decided who is right or wrong. Instead, Plaintiffs and Oakland County have agreed to the Settlement to avoid the risk and cost of further litigation. 
  • If you received a Notice, you have been identified as a Class Member. If approved by the Court, the Settlement will establish a $38 million Settlement Fund (“the Settlement Fund”) for the common benefit of the class (“the Settlement Class”).
  • Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act, so please read this Notice carefully.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

FILE A CLAIM

  • File a claim for payment by mail.

  • Be bound by the Settlement.

  • Give up your right to sue.

  • Claims must be postmarked by December 15, 2022.

  • Give up your right to sue Oakland County for claims that arise from a tax foreclosure.

  • A Claim form may be downloaded HERE.

ASK TO BE EXCLUDED (“OPT OUT”)

  • Remove yourself from the Class.

  • Receive no payment.

  • Keep your right to file a separate lawsuit.

  • A Request to Opt Out must be postmarked by October 17, 2022.

  • A Request to Opt Out form may be downloaded HERE.

  • See FAQ 10 for more information.

OBJECT

  • Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement.

  • Any objection must be postmarked by October 17, 2022.

  • See FAQ 12 for more information.

ATTEND THE HEARING

  • Ask to speak to the Court about the fairness of the Settlement.

  • The Fairness Hearing will be held on November 22, 2022 at 10:00 am. at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • See FAQ 17 for more information and check this website for updates to the schedule and how to attend the hearing.

DO NOTHING

  • Receive no payment.

  • Be bound by the Settlement

  • Give up your right to sue Oakland County for claims that arise from a tax foreclosure.

Important Dates

Objection Deadline *

10/17/2022


Opt Out Deadline *

10/17/2022


Claim Deadline

12/15/2022


Final Approval Hearing

11/22/2022


* If you were sent a re-mailed Notice of Class Action Settlement and received it after October 17, 2022, the date to opt out or object to the settlement has been extended only for you until November 18, 2022. Please see the Notice for additional information on how to opt out or object.