Settlement Updates

American LaFrance Employment Class Action

Case No.: 2:14-cv-220-RMG

The district court granted final approval to this class action settlement on August 31, 2015.



The Church of Christ at Azalea Drive v. Forest River, Inc., et al.

Case No.: 2:11-cv-03371-PMD

The district court granted final approval to this nationwide class action settlement on March 31, 2015 following a hearing before the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy. The final order is below. Vehicle owners who are part of the recall will automatically be notified.



Horry Electric Cooperative Settlement

On March 3, 2014, the Honorable Benjamin H. Culbertson granted preliminary approval to the class action settlement known as Vance, et al v. Horry Electric Cooperative, pending in Horry County, South Carolina.  Under the terms of the settlement, class members may submit claims for recovery from a six million dollar fund arising out of the installation of vapor barriers in Horry County homes certified for participation in the Good Cents program. Class members may recover from either an automatic payment fund, which provides for a recovery of two thousand dollars, or a remediation fund, which provides for reimbursement of up to twelve thousand dollars for the removal of the vapor barrier.

Notice and claim documents will be mailed to class members no later than March 17, 2014.  The claim selection form must be mailed and postmarked no later than June 16, 2014.  All details surrounding the submission of the claim form and associated documents will be located in the mailing to class members and can also be identified on the documents attached here.

Please contact Chris Tuck or Jay Ward with any questions regarding the administration of the settlement at 843.727.6500.

Final approval was granted 5/30/14.

Updated 7/16/2015

Horry Electric filed a motion to disqualify certain people as class members. This motion was opposed by Plaintiffs and denied by the trial court. As a result of the trial court’s denial of its motion, Horry filed an appeal that remains in progress.



Hess v. Volkswagen

The district court granted final approval on November 21, 2012. The approval order was appealed by an objector.  The appeal has been dismissed and the settlement has now become final.  Rust Consulting will now begin processing the payment of valid claims and mailing checks to qualifying class members.  These payments were mailed in 2013.

The district court has denied any additional requests for claims payments.



Fidelity Settlement Update

We are pleased to report that the checks to all timely claimants have been mailed. If you timely and properly filed a claim, your check has been mailed. Congratulations! The check you received will be the final compensation for all of your family’s properly supported, unpaid medical claims which should have been paid by the Fidelity Plan. The check represents full and complete compensation for all recoveries you and/or your family will receive under the terms of the settlement in Gunnells v. Fidelity Group, Inc. et al. C.A. NO: 2:98-2659-23. This is the final payment you will receive from this lawsuit.  Read More.



Household Goods Movers Antitrust Settlement & In re DJK Residential LLC

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina has granted final approval to a nationwide class action settlement related to fuel surcharges imposed by certain household goods carriers. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants unlawfully imposed fuel surcharges that overcompensated carriers for their increased fuel costs. The court-approved administrator, Rust Consulting, has completed its administration of the settlement.



IN RE: Wachovia Corp. “Pick-A-Payment” Mortgage Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation

The Final Fairness Hearing was held on Friday, April 20, 2011. On May 17, 2011 the Court granted final approval of the class action settlement. The deadline for appeals to be filed was June 16, 2011 and three separate appeals were filed. As of August 30, 2011, all pending appeals have been dismissed and the Settlement has become final.



Community Bank of Northern Virginia and Guaranty National Bank of Tallahassee

Updated 11-17-2015

On July 29, 2015, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a unanimous decision affirming Judge Schwab’s preliminary class certification order.  On August 12, 2015, Defendant PNC Bank, N.A., petitioned the appellate court for a rehearing. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals denied Defendant PNC Bank’s Petition for Rehearing on October 5, 2015. The case is now again before Judge Schwab in the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. A link to the current Case Management Order entered on October 27, 2015, can be found by clicking the link below.

At this time it is not possible to state with any certainty when proceeds will become available for distribution to the Kessler Settlement class through the ResCap bankruptcy proceeding. Resolution of other borrower claims in the bankruptcy proceeding is ongoing. We are hopeful that by year’s end the resolution of the other borrower claims will be near completion. Once those claims are resolved, the process for distribution to the Kessler class members will commence. MORE …