Notice re April 10, 2020 Court Hearing
The Court’s Orders of December 20, 2019 granting Preliminary Approval of the class action settlement set April 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., for the final approval hearing. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Court has issued Emergency Local Rule 3.29, which provides that “All appearances in any civil action … must be limited to telephonic or video technology…” The Court has decided that the hearing set for April 10 at 10:00 a.m. will proceed as scheduled via telephonic appearances. To attend telephonically please call the following number on the date and time of the hearing: 1-720-835-5758.
Please note also that on Friday, April 3, 2020, the Court issued a Tentative Order (1) Granting Final Approval of Class Settlement and (2) Granting Motion for Award of Fees and Costs. A link to the Tentative Order is on the webpage below.
Requa-Moen v Regents - Tentative Ruling - Final Approval
Court Hearing on April 10 on Motion to Approve Final Settlement
Legal counsel for the Livermore retirees filed these documents on March 17, 2020 in advance of the April 10 hearing.
Notice of Motion and Motion for Final Approval of Stipulation of Class Action Settlement and Release
Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Petitioners’ Motion for Final Approval of Stipulation of Class Action Settlement and Release
Declaration of Blake A. Deady Regarding Notice and Settlement Administration
Declaration of Andrew Thomas Sinclair in Support of Motion for Final Approval of Stipulation of Class Action Settlement and Release; and in Support of Motion for Attorneys’ Fees
Final Approval Order and Judgment (Proposed)
Settlement Notice Mailed to Class Members
January 23, 2020 - The Settlement Administrator appointed by the Court (Archer Systems in Houston, Texas) has mailed a notice to the class about the settlement, which you should read. Please be sure to fill out and return the Class Member Data Form (included with the notice). This is very important. Archer needs up-to-date, accurate information before sending out the settlement proceeds. So please fill out and return this form as soon as possible. Also, please direct questions about the Settlement – including whether you or someone else is a member of the class -- to Archer through the toll free number (800-978-8522) or the website (http://www.llnlretireesettlement.com).
Judge Signs Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Settlement
Judge Winifred Smith of Alameda County Superior Court signed two orders on December 20, 2019 granting preliminary approval to the settlement between the Retirees and the University of California. The orders are here:
Notice of Ruling re Preliminary Approval
Order Granting Preliminary Approval
Order Granting Establishment of a Qualified Settlement Fund
According to a story in the Livermore Independent on December 26: "Next steps in administering the agreement include an effort to communicate with all 9,000 of the retirees, or, if deceased, their estates. The communication is expected to include a description of the settlement and opportunity to comment or opt out. Depending on the outcome of the communication effort, as well as future court actions, the first reimbursement payments to retirees for past costs might come as early as id-2020, observers believe."
Press Release from UCLRG
$84 Million Settlement with University of California Over Termination of UC Medical Benefits
Livermore, California – December 12, 2019 – After ten years of hard fought litigation and two victories at the California Court of Appeal, University of California retirees who worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have reached an $84.5 million settlement with The Regents of the University of California over the termination of their University-sponsored health care benefits.
The settlement restores the security for retiree health care benefits by requiring The Regents to restore University-sponsored benefits if LLNS terminates the benefits it is providing or materially alters those benefits. The Regents will also pay $80 million to provide an increased stipend going forward as well as past damages. The Regents will also pay $4 million for benefits counselors and contribute $500,000 toward the cost of administering the settlement.
One-fourth of the settlement ($20 million) will be used to compensate class members who suffered financial losses. Three-quarters of the settlement ($60 million) will be used to establish a trust to pay for enhanced benefits for class members over the next 20 years.
The plaintiffs have filed a motion asking the Alameda Superior Court for preliminary approval of the settlement. A hearing is scheduled for December 20, 2019. If the court gives preliminary approval, notice will be sent to all members of the class, who will have a chance to express their views of the settlement at a hearing that will be scheduled by the court. The court will then be asked to give final approval to the settlement.
Full Press Release is here.
Selected Court Documents
Notice of Motion & Motion for Preliminary Approval of Stipulation of Class Action Settlement & Release
Memorandum of Points & Authorities in Support of Petitioners' Motion for Preliminary Approval of Joint Stipulation of Class Action Settlement & Release
[Proposed] Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Stipulation of Class Action Settlement & Release
Declaration of A. Thomas Sinclair
Declaration of Allan Phillips in Support of Petitioners' Motion for Preliminary Approval of Joint Stipulation of Class Action Settlement & Release
Declaration of Scott H. Freeman
Stipulation re Names of Class Members & Order [Proposed]
Stipulation re Hearing Motion for Preliminary Approval on Shortened Time & Order
2019-12-10 Proof of Service (Motion for Preliminary Approval)