Cantlin et al. v. Smythe, Cramer Co.

No. 12-790865

The Deadline to submit your claim verification form is extended to Monday, February 8, 2021.  This will be your last opportunity to participate.

Pursuant to a settlement in Cantlin et al. v. Smythe, Cramer Co., current or former clients of the  Defendant who paid certain  Administrative Fees and/or  Brokerage Service Fees (Fees) can receive a cash payment of the amount of such Fee paid plus statutory interest, subject to validation by the Settlement Administrator.

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This Website is to inform you of a proposed Settlement of a class action lawsuit pending against Smythe, Cramer Co. dba Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer (“Smythe Cramer” or “Defendant”), in the above-referenced case, No. 12-790865, Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  As is detailed below, the Settlement provides payments to be made to members of the following Settlement Classes who submit a Valid Claim:


Administrative Fee Class

All individuals in the State of Ohio, both buyers and sellers, who, between September 18, 2005 and December 31, 2009, paid Defendant an “Administrative Fee” or “Administrative Services Fee pursuant to the Exclusive Right to Sell Agreement; Exclusive Buyer Representation Agreement; Offer to Purchase Agreement; or Purchase Agreement. 


Brokerage Services Fee Class

All buyers of real estate in Ohio who, between March 1, 2009 and August 1, 2019, paid the Defendant a  “Brokerage Services Fee” pursuant to the Purchase Agreement or Offer to Purchase Agreement. 

During the above periods, the Fee charged by Defendant was generally between $159 and $265.



This is the only way to receive a Benefit Amount.  The Claim Form must be postmarked by June 22, 2020 or sent online by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on June 22, 2020.  You can also submit a Claim Form online here. If you want to submit a paper Claim Form by mail, you can print a copy online here, or call 833.930.2420 and ask that a paper Claim Form be mailed to you.


Receive no Benefit Amount.  If you Opt-Out, you will not receive any Benefit Amount from this Settlement.  By excluding yourself, you can bring a separate action against Smythe Cramer at your own expense for the same legal Claims in this lawsuit if your Claims are still timely.  The deadline to Opt-Out is May 14, 2020



Notify the Court if you have any objections to the Settlement.  The deadline to file an Objection with the Court is May 14, 2020.   The requirements that must be followed for submitting an Objection are set out in Section 9 of the FAQs.


You will not receive a Benefit Amount.  You will release your Claims relating to the lawsuit against Smythe Cramer and you will not be able to sue Smythe Cramer for any Claim relating to the lawsuit.  

This Website is authorized by the Court, supervised by counsel and controlled by Heffler Claims, the Settlement Administrator approved by the Court. This is the only authorized website for this case.

For more information please call Settlement Administrator at 833-930-2420


Please read for a full explanation of the settlement and your options and all applicable timelines.


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Important Dates

  • Exclusion Deadline

    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    You must complete and mail your request for exclusion form so that it is postmarked no later than Thursday, May 14, 2020.
  • Objection Deadline

    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    You must mail your objection(s) and/or notice of intent to appear at the Final Approval Hearing so that it/they are filed with the Court no later than Thursday, May 14, 2020.
  • Claim Form Deadline

    Monday, June 22, 2020
    You must submit your Claim Form online no later than Monday, June 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern, or mail your completed paper Claim Form so that it is postmarked no later than Monday, June 22, 2020.
  • Final Approval Hearing Date

    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    The Final Approval Hearing is set for Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2:30 P.M. and will be held via Zoom videoconference, Metting ID - 975 1149 6547 and Password 779059.
    The Hearing will be conducted by the Honorable John P. O'Donnell in Room 18D of the Justice Center.

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