Foster Care Class Actions

  State Action - Sheehey v. State of Hawaii, Civ. No. 14-1-1709-08 VLC


  Federal Action - Sheehey v. Bhanot, Civ. No. CV13-00663 LEK-KSC

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The Court will hold a hearing, called a Fairness Hearing, to decide whether to approve the settlement.  You may attend and you may ask to speak, but you don’t have to.



When and where will the Court decide whether to approve the settlement?

  The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing at 9:00 a.m. on June 23, 2017, at the Circuit Court for the First Circuit, 777 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, in Courtroom ___(to be determined).  At this hearing the Court will consider whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate.  If there are objections, the Court will consider them.  The Judge will listen to people who have asked to speak at the hearing.  The Court may also decide how much to pay Class Counsel.  After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement.  We do not know how long these decisions will take.  The hearing may be moved to a different date, time, or courtroom without additional notice We will post updates on our website at .

Do I need to attend the Fairness Hearing?


No.  Class Counsel will answer questions the Judge may have.  But you are welcome to come at your own expense.  If you send an objection, you don’t have to come to Court to talk about it.  As long as you mailed your written objection on time, the Court will consider it.  You may also pay another lawyer to attend on your behalf, but it’s not necessary.



May I speak at the Fairness Hearing?


You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing.  To do so, you must send a letter saying that it is your “Notice of Intention to Appear in Sheehey v. State, Civ. No. 14-1-1709-08 VLC.”  Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and your signature.  Your Notice of Intention to Appear must be postmarked no later than May 31, 2017, and be sent to Clerk of the Court at the address below. You cannot speak at the hearing if you excluded yourself.

Sheehey Fairness Hearing
Clerk of the Court
First Circuit Court, State of Hawai`i
Ka`ahumanu Hale
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813



What happens if I do nothing?


If you do nothing, you will be part of this lawsuit, and you won’t be able to be part of any other lawsuit against the State about the legal issues in this case, ever again.  As a Payment Recipient, you will be paid your share of the Net Settlement Payment, as calculated by DHS.



Are there more details about the settlement?


This website summarizes the proposed settlement.  More details are in a State Lawsuit Class Action Settlement Agreement.  You can download a copy of the Settlement Agreement at:

A list of related documents in the case can be found at



How do I get more information?



In addtion to the information on this website, you can contact us

By Phone:
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing – (808) 524-1800
            (ask to speak with Claire Black or Iris Takane)

By Email:
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing

By Mail:

  Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
ATTN: FosterCare Class Action
1001 Bishop St., Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813