Welcome to the Netscape SmartDownload Settlement Website
Netscape Communications Corp. ("Netscape") previously offered to the public a free software program called Netscape SmartDownload ("SmartDownload"). This software facilitated the process for downloading certain types of electronic files - in particular, files having .zip, .exe, or .idp extensions - from Internet websites. As described in the Official Notice that is linked to this website, three putative class action lawsuits concerning SmartDownload were filed four years ago against Netscape and its parent company, America Online, Inc. There is now a proposal to settle those lawsuits on a class-wide basis. The versions of SmartDownload that are the subject of the lawsuits and the proposed settlement were distributed to the public from the Fall of 1998 until October 2000. They include SmartDownload version 1.0, version 1.1, and version 1.2.
If you installed or used any version of SmartDownload software distributed before October 2000, or made available through the Internet a file that anyone downloaded (or tried to download) using such software, please carefully read the Official Notice (available through the link below) as it may affect your rights.
To view the Official Notice, please click here.
(The documents available through this website are in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the PDFs. You may already have one of these programs on your computer or on disks that came with your computer. If you do not have one of these programs, please click here to download the Free Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
You may exclude yourself from the Class and the proposed settlement. If you do so, you will not participate in the Settlement, you will not be bound by the judgments to be entered pursuant to the Settlement, you cannot object to the Settlement, and none of your claims will be released as part of the Settlement. If you want to be excluded, you must mail or deliver, such that is POSTMARKED on or before December 16, 2004, a written request for exclusion to the following address:
SmartDownload Software Settlement
P.O. Box 1623
New York, NY 10150
Your exclusion request must also comply with the other requirements set forth in the Official Notice.
If you do not exclude yourself from the Class, you may object to the Settlement. Any objection to the Settlement must comply with the filing, service, and other requirements detailed in the Official Notice, and must be filed and served no later than December 16, 2004.
The following additional information concerning the proposed settlement is also available from this website by clicking on the links below:
Summary notice published in various newspapers and magazines
Court order concerning proposed settlement
Stipulation of Settlement
If you have any trouble obtaining the Official Notice or other documents that are linked from this page, you may obtain electronic copies of them by sending an e-mail request to SmartDocs@abbeygardy.com. The Official Notice contains information on what you may do if you still have questions or need additional information after reviewing the Official Notice and other documents on this website.