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 should be mailed before the end of 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 01-08-2015

Briefing is complete on PNC’s appeal of Judge Schwab’s class certification order. Oral argument has been set for January 20, 2015 before a panel of Third Circuit judges in Philadelphia. It could take several weeks to several months before that panel issues its order.

A settlement of the Kessler class claim in the ResCap bankruptcy proceeding in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has been agreed to in principle and approved by the bankruptcy court. The exact amount of funds that will ultimately be available for disbursement to class members as well as a determination of each class member’s damages have yet to be finalized. It may not be until the 3rd quarter of 2015 before settlement proceeds are available for distribution to class members. MORE …