Class Action Settlements

Class Action Settlements

Class action lawsuits that have settled or have proposed settlements. If a class action lawsuit settles, the court will hold fairness hearings to ensure the terms of the settlement are fair to all class members. There are usually two fairness hearings—the first is the "Preliminary Approval" hearing. After that hearing, a Notice of Proposed Settlement is sent out to class members. A Final Fairness Hearing follows at which class members can voice their opinions about the settlement. After that, a deadline is set for class members to submit claims.

  • Wal-Mart To Pay $17.5 Million To Settle Discrimination Class Action
    Wal-Mart To Pay $17.5 Million To Settle Discrimination Class Action
    February 20 2009

    Wal-Mart has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that the retail giant discriminated against African-Americans when recruiting truck drivers for its private fleet. The settlement is subject to approval by federal...

  • Wal-Mart Settles Wages Class Action for $49 Million
    Wal-Mart Settles Wages Class Action for $49 Million
    February 20 2009

    A judge in Colleton County, SC, has approved a settlement of $49 million in a wages-and-hour violation class action brought against Wal-Mart by some of its employees. The settlement is statewide and ends more than 6 years of litigation involving Wal...

  • Philip Morris to Pay Smoker's Widow $8 Million
    Philip Morris to Pay Smoker's Widow $8 Million
    February 19 2009

    Elaine Hess, whose husband died in 1997 at the age of 55 due to smoking-related illness, has been awarded an $8 million settlement in the lawsuit she subsequently brought against tobacco giant Philip Morris. The jury deliberated for 2 days, weighing...

  • Price-Fixing Case Costs Wellpoint $10 Million
    Price-Fixing Case Costs Wellpoint $10 Million
    February 18 2009

    Price-Fixing Case Costs Wellpoint $10 Million Wellpoint has agreed to pay $10 million to settle allegations of price fixing brought by New York State's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Wellpoint is the country's largest health insurer, serving...

  • Property ID Class Action Settled for $39 Million
    Property ID Class Action Settled for $39 Million
    February 17 2009

    The class action settlement against Property ID Corp has been settled for $39.3 million. The lawsuit alleged that real estate brokers received kick backs for referring clients to the company. Property ID produces natural hazard disclosure reports...

  • Landmark Decision Reached in Tobacco Suit
    Landmark Decision Reached in Tobacco Suit
    February 12 2009

    A jury in Florida has decided that the death of a long-time chain smoker was attributable to his being addicted to nicotine. The man, Stuart Hess, died of lung cancer. This is an important test case, and could be potentially very costly for tobacco...

  • $20 Million Settlement Agreed for VA Data Theft Suits
    $20 Million Settlement Agreed for VA Data Theft Suits
    February 10 2009

    A $20 million settlement has been approved by a federal judge to resolve lawsuits brought by US Veterans that were exposed to potential identity theft in 2006. Numerous lawsuits were filed stemming from the loss of a laptop and external hard...

  • Advance America Settles Class Action
    Advance America Settles Class Action
    February 9 2009

    Advance America, Cash Advance Centers, Inc. (NYSE: AEA) today announced that it has settled a class action lawsuit in Georgia that resolves all claims against the Company in connection with originating, marketing, or servicing any loan in that...

  • LA Settles LAPD Brutality Class Action
    LA Settles LAPD Brutality Class Action
    February 5 2009

    Los Angeles City Council has voted to settle a class action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department, for $13 million. The suit alleged officer misconduct during the May Day peaceful immigrant demonstration, in which dozens of people were...

  • Newmont Mining Settles Toxic Spill Class Action
    Newmont Mining Settles Toxic Spill Class Action
    February 4 2009

    The town of Grass Valley, in Denver, will receive $4 million as settlement of a 5-year old class action suit it launched against Newmont Mining. The suit alleged that the mining company sent massive amounts of toxic water into the city's...