Foster Care Class Actions

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

Overview

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

Media Coverage

Relevant documents
 


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
       
 

OBJECTING TO THE SETTLEMENT

 

How can I object to the Settlement?

 

You may object to the settlement if you don’t like any part of it.  This includes the attorneys’ fees and cost request for Class Counsel.  The Court will consider your views.

To object, you must send a letter saying that you object to Sheehey v. State, Civ. No. 14-1-1709-08 VLC.  Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, your signature, the date, and the reasons you object to the settlement.  Mail your objection to the following address postmarked no later than May 31, 2017:

Sheehey Objections
c/o Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813

 

 

EXCLUDING YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT

 

If you don’t want to be a part of this settlement, then you must take steps to exclude yourself from the settlement.  This is sometimes referred to as “opting out” of the Settlement Class.  Opting out means that you will not get any settlement payment even if you would be entitled to one if you stayed in the lawsuit.  You also cannot object to the settlement.  You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit.  You may be able to sue the State in the future.

 

How do I get out of the settlement?

 

To exclude yourself from the settlement, you must send a letter by mail saying that you want to be excluded from or opt out of this case.  Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, your signature, and the date.  Include the name of the case, Sheehey v. State, Civ. No. 14-1-1709-08 VLC.  You must mail your exclusion letter postmarked no later than May 31, 2017 to:
                                       Sheehey Exclusions
                                      Clerk of the Court
                                      First Circuit Court, State of Hawai`i
                                      Ka`ahumanu Hale
                                      777 Punchbowl Street
                                      Honolulu, HI 96813

If you ask to be excluded, you will not get any settlement payment even if you would be entitled to one if you stayed in the lawsuit.  You also cannot object to the settlement.  You will not be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit.  You may be able to sue the State in the future.

 

 

If I don’t exclude myself, can I sue the State for the same thing later?

  No.  Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right to sue the State for the claims that this settlement resolves.  If you have a pending lawsuit that asserts the same or similar claims, speak to your lawyer immediately.  You must exclude yourself from this Settlement Class to continue your own lawsuit.  Remember, the exclusion deadline is May 31, 2017.
   
 

Continue on to Fairness Hearing

   
   
 

 

 

 

Contact information:

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

By Email:
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing
          fostercare@ahfi.com

By Mail:

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