On Friday, September 5, 2014, the case returned from the state supreme court back to Thurston County Superior Court where Judge Erik Price made his first rulings in the case. Judge Price signed an order entering a judgment, officially titled the Second Amended Judgment, against State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services in the amount of $57,123,794.50, with post-judgment interest accruing at 12% from the date of the entry of the verdict on December 20, 2010.
Gilardi & Co., LLC, a San Francisco-based claims administration company, has been appointed by the Court to handle the notice and distribution of funds for class members. Class Counsel will now work with Gilardi & Co., LLC to develop the comprehensive plan to notify over 20,000 individual providers that wages have been recovered for them and to alert them to the process under which the money will be distributed. This plan will be presented to the Court for its approval soon.
Many providers have asked when the State DSHS will be paying the judgment. The best answer at this point is that it is unclear but the State has indicated it intends to wait until July 2015 to pay the judgment. Class Counsel will continue efforts to obtain payment on the judgment sooner because we know how important it is to everyone.
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