Global Financial Data Project Class Action Settlement

If you participated in the Global Financial Data Project you may be eligible to receive benefits from a class action settlement.

Your legal rights are affected whether or not you act. Please read this Notice carefully.

To submit a claim please click on the following link, provide the information requested, and sign the claim form: Submit a Claim.

You may opt out of the Class Settlement by completing and returning a signed Opt-Out Form.

The last day to submit a claim, opt-out notice, or to object to the settlement is December 20, 2019. A hearing for final approval of the Class Settlement and to set attorneys’ fees and incentive award payments to the named Plaintiffs is currently scheduled for February 14, 2020, but it may be continued by the court without further notice. 

Global Financial Data Project Settlement

A proposed Class Action Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit involving Jose M. Plehn-Dujowich and BizQualify LLC, captioned Hu, et al. v. Plehn-Dujowich, et al., Case No. 3:18-cv-01791-EDL (the “Action”) pending in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. The Settlement Class includes all persons who participated in the Global Financial Data Project.

A Federal Court authorized dissemination of this Notice because all members of the proposed Settlement Class have a right to know about the proposed Settlement and their options before the Court decides whether to grant final approval of the Settlement. This Notice explains the lawsuit, the Settlement, the legal rights all persons who are members of the proposed Settlement Class, what benefits are available, and who is eligible to receive them.

Plaintiffs Qiuzi Hu, Edwin Ramirez, Ivan Ronceria, and Wenzhi Fei (“Plaintiffs” or “Class Representatives”) have sued Defendants Jose M. Plehn-Dujowich and BizQualify LLC (“Defendants”) for their alleged violations of California Labor Code, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), fraud, false advertising, breach of contract, unfair competition, and related claims, in connection with the Global Financial Data Project (“GFDP”), an online course operated by the Defendants. Plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed all claims against former-defendant Powerlytics, Inc., which is no longer a defendant in the Action. If you received a copy of this Notice, it is likely because Defendants’ records show that you participated in the GFDP during the relevant period. Accordingly, you should read the Notice carefully, because it will affect your rights.

The Parties have agreed to settle the Action in its entirety.

You may review a copy of the proposed Class Settlement Agreement and related documents by clicking on the respective link below:

Class Settlement Agreement

Class Notice 

Claim Form

Opt Out Form

First Amended Complaint

Order Granting Class Certification

Motion for Preliminary Approval

Order Granting Preliminary Approval

Order Setting Case Schedule

Clerk’s Notice Adjusting Dates for Approval of Class Settlement

Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Incentive Awards

To review an unredacted copy of the Class Settlement Agreement, please click here.
NOTE: Class members who wish to review the unredacted settlement agreement must first review and sign a copy of the stipulated protective order’s Agreement to be Bound. Upon receipt of the signed Agreement to be Bound, the Settlement Administrator will provide you with a password to view the unredacted Class Settlement Agreement. To contact the settlement administrator for further instructions click here.