In this national antitrust class action, Rodriguez v. West Publishing Corp., USDC, CD Cal., Case No. CV-05-3222 R(MCx), Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants BAR/BRI (West Publishing Corp.) and Kaplan, Inc. unlawfully agreed, throughout the United States, to prevent competition in the market for full service bar review courses (preparing would be lawyers for state examinations to practice law). Eleven days before trial, notwithstanding Defendants’ continued denial of the allegations, a $49 million Settlement was obtained for the class. Click here to see a copy of the Settlement.
In 2010, while awaiting the resolution of several appeals related to the Settlement and the award of attorneys’ fees and costs, the Court approved Plaintiffs’ request to allow a partial distribution of the Settlement proceeds to Authorized Claimants. That distribution, in the amount of approximately $30 million, was completed in 2011.
All motions and appeals relating to this Settlement, attorneys’ fees and costs have now been finalized and we are in the process of making a final distribution of the remaining Settlement proceeds as approved by the Court. No further claims or adjustments to existing claims can be accepted.
The Settlement Administrator will be sending payments via First Class Mail for the final distribution beginning on November 18, 2016.
For claimants that did not receive or cash their initial payment from the Settlement, the final distribution will represent your full pro rata award from the Net Settlement Fund.
- If you still have a check from the previous distribution that check has been VOIDED and WILL NOT BE HONORED if it is presented, however, your final distribution check will include any uncashed prior distribution.
- If you did cash your initial payment from the Settlement, your final distribution payment will represent the balance of your pro rata award from the Net Settlement Fund.
If you have questions concerning this payment you may call toll-free 1-888-285-7850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are unable to give you tax advice concerning this payment. If you need tax advice, consult your tax advisor.