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. The final approval hearing in this action is set for May 30, 2014 at 9:30 am at the Horry County courthouse.
Please contact Chris Tuck or Jay Ward with any questions regarding the administration of the settlement at 843.727.6500.
- Horry Settlement Agreement
- Preliminary Approval Order
- Notice Forms Including Opt-out and Claim Forms
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.
Qualifying class members have received their settlement checks. On March 20, 2014, the district court considered a request by class counsel to enforce the settlement agreement by ordering supplemental claims procedures that might result in payments to additional categories of claimants. The court has not yet determined the scope of such additional claims procedures.
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. MORE ...
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