In mid-April, the State of Washington finished providing the claims administrator, Gilardi & Associates, with updated contact information, social security numbers, and other relevant information for all 22,000 class plaintiffs. With this information now provided, the claims administrator and a certified public accountant will be able to finish calculating the exact amount owed to each plaintiff. The claims administrator then is required by law to perform a number of tasks to double-check the amounts owed, to determine whether further information is needed to verify the identities of the recipients of those amounts, and to publish notice in media such as local newspapers that checks will begin issuing soon in order to make sure that plaintiffs for whom updated contact information is not available have an opportunity to claim their money.
The claims administrator believes all these legally-required steps will be completed and it will begin sending out checks by July or August. We thank you for your patience and your understanding that all these steps are required by the court and designed to make the process of receiving your money as smooth and seamless as possible.
In the meantime, if you have updated contact information or need to check whether your contact information on file is correct, please call the claims administrator at 877-308-5024. You may also visit the claims administrator’s claims website for this settlement at http://rekhter-dshs-classaction.com.