Wornicki v. Brokerpriceopinion.com
Brokerpriceopinion Settlement Claims Administrator

Welcome to the Brokerpriceopinion Settlement Website

Notice:  On October 2, 2020, Class Counsel filed a Status Report, notifying the Court that all claims against Walter Coats have been discharged in bankruptcy and the trustee has reported there are no assets to distribute to creditors. The Status Report and supporting Declaration are available on the Important Documents page of this website.



If you have completed broker price opinions on behalf of Brokerpriceopinion.com, Inc., First Valuation, LLC, First Valuation Services, LLC, First Valuation Technology, LLC, Cartel Asset Management, LLC, Walter Coats, or ValuTech, Inc. since December 2, 2007 and have not been paid for your services, you could get a payment from a class action settlement.

A court authorized this Notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

What is the Settlement about?

Brokerpriceopinion.com, Inc., First Valuation, LLC, First Valuation Services, LLC, First Valuation Technology, LLC, Cartel Asset Management, LLC, Walter Coats, and ValuTech, Inc. (“Brokerprice” or “Defendants”) have agreed to pay $1,020,000 to cover payments to persons who completed broker price opinions on Brokerprice’s behalf but were not paid for their services in accordance with their payment terms. Brokerprice will pay this amount in several installments over the course of four years.

Brokerprice also agreed to change its business practices to timely pay brokers for every broker price opinion they complete within ninety days. Brokerprice agreed to maintain a reserve fund of $240,000 to ensure that brokers are timely paid. Brokerprice agreed not to use calling scripts, standardized emails or other communications in an attempt to delay payment or alter payment terms for BPOs. Brokerprice agreed to employ a compliance manager who shall review training material, train staff, and oversee vendor payment practices.

The Settlement resolves a lawsuit involving allegations that Brokerprice breached contractual agreements with real estate professionals by failing to pay brokers in accordance with the terms of those agreements. The lawsuit also alleges that Defendants were unjustly enriched by failing to pay real estate professionals for broker price opinions.

Court-appointed lawyers for the class (“Class Counsel”) will ask the Court for up to $500,000 to compensate them for the fees and costs they incurred prosecuting this action. The two Class Representatives will ask the Court for up to $5,000 each to compensate them for their time and efforts on behalf of the Class.

Brokerprice denies all allegations of wrongdoing in the lawsuit. As part of the proposed Settlement, Brokerprice does not admit to any wrongdoing and continues to deny the allegations against it.

The two sides disagree on whether Plaintiffs and the Class could have won at trial.

Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act.

Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement

Submit a Claim Form by October 31, 2017 This is the only way to receive a payment.
Exclude Yourself by October 31, 2017 Get no payment. This is the only option that allows you to ever be part of any other lawsuit against Brokerprice about the legal claims in this case.
Object by October 31, 2017 Write the Court explaining why you don't like the Settlement.
Attend a Hearing Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. The Court has scheduled the Final Approval Hearing for May 18, 2018 at 2:30 P.M. Mountain Time. The location is the Alfred A. Arraj United States Courthouse, Courtroom A701, Denver, Colorado 80294.
Do Nothing Get no payment. Give up rights.

These rights and options — and the deadlines to exercise them — are explained in the Notice, available on the Important Documents page, and on the FAQs page of this website.

Key Dates

The key dates below reflect important dates and deadlines in connection with this Class Action Settlement. Please be sure to review these dates and take any appropriate steps necessary before these deadlines pass.


Date/Deadline Event
October 31, 2017 (submitted/postmarked)
Class Member Claim Form Deadline
October 31, 2017 (postmarked)
Class Member Exclusion Deadline
October 31, 2017 (filed)
Class Member Objection Deadline
May 8, 2018 (received)
Notice to Appear Deadline
May 18, 2018, 2:30 P.M. Mountain Time
(Final Approval granted September 20, 2018)
Final Approval Hearing



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Brokerpriceopinion Settlement
Claims Administrator

P.O. Box 91344
Seattle, WA 98111