Recently, the State informed us that it wants to make a $12 million payment on the $85 million it owes to you. Because this case is a class action where these millions of dollars will have to be paid out to the tens of thousands of class members, the law requires the Court to approve a Plan of Distribution spelling out exactly the process for how you will claim your share, how it will be distributed to you, and when it will be paid to you. The State wanted to condition any payments on requiring you to go through a complex, inconvenient claims process of sending you various forms that you would have to return before receiving any money, but we demanded the simplest, most convenient way of getting your share of the judgment to you — simply mailing you a check for the precise amount of money you have lost due to the State’s actions in this case. We refused to budge on this point, and the State eventually agreed.
We have now submitted a Plan of Distribution to Judge Erik Price of the Thurston County Superior Court for his approval. Under the Plan, you will receive a single check for all your lost wages once the State has paid the entire judgment that it owes — putting the most money into your hands in the quickest, easiest way possible for you, and saving you from the hassle of having to deal with multiple checks.
The Court will decide whether it is approving the Plan of Distribution at a hearing on January 30. If the Court approves the Plan, the State’s lawyers are still indicating that they will pay the rest of the $85 million by July of this year. Once that happens, you will begin receiving your checks sent by the claims administrator in this case, Gilardi & Co., LLC. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the case, please do not hesitate to email or telephone us.
If you have any questions regarding the case, please do not hesitate to email or telephone us.