LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION 
SETTLEMENT 

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART 
ADMISSIONS CLAIM

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This Notice is to inform all persons who paid for either admission to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the “Museum”) or a membership in the Museum on or after March 5, 2007 of a proposed Settlement of a class action brought against the Museum on your behalf in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.  The lawsuit alleges that the Museum’s disclosures of its admission fee policy in use at the time the class action was commenced in 2013 violated consumer protection laws by not adequately disclosing to visitors that they may enter the Museum upon payment of an amount of their choice (“pay what you wish”). The Museum denies those allegations.  The parties have agreed to a proposed settlement under which the Museum, without any concession, finding of wrongdoing, or agreement regarding the adequacy or inadequacy of the disclosures in use at the time the class action was commenced, has revised its signs, website, and other disclosures of its “pay what you wish” admission fee policy.  No money will be paid to class members, and no adjudication of any claims for money damages they may have will occur.


Due to the blizzard-related court closure on March 14, 2017, the Court's hearing on approval of the Settlement has been postponed to Friday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m, in Courtroom 228, 60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007.




Any member of the Settlement Class may object to the Settlement Agreement (be an "Objector"). Such an Objector must file with the Court and send to Class Counsel and counsel for the Museum, by first class mail and postmarked not later than January 27, 2017, a written statement of objections. That statement must (i) state the full name and address and telephone number of the Objector, (ii) provide information sufficient to establish that the Objector is a member of the Settlement Class, (iii) state the full name and address and telephone number of any counsel representing the Objector in connection with the objection, (iv) describe all objections of the Objector and the specific reasons therefor (including legal support that the Objector wishes to bring to the Court's attention), and (v) attach any affidavits or other evidence relied upon in support of the objection. In addition, any Objector or counsel tor an Objector that desires to appear at the Final Approval Hearing must file with the Court and mail to Class Counsel and counsel for the Museum, by first class mail and postmarked no later than January 27, 2017, a separate notice of intention to appear and any affidavits or other papers in support of the objection. Counsel for the parties shall be permitted to file and serve any response no later than l 0 days before the date set tor the Final Approval Hearing. No reply papers will be received.

You can review documents relating to the lawsuit and the settlement via the links below.