Fairness Hearing

The Final Approval Hearing will be held on July 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., before the Honorable Michael H. Simon, United States District Court Judge, at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse, Room 1527, 1000 Southwest Third Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204-2944 (or by videoconference if circumstances warrant).

The Court may adjourn the Settlement Hearing from time to time and without further notice to the Class, so you should either review this Settlement website or call, toll free, 1-800-972-7495 for current information.

Proceedings may be affected by Court Orders regarding the coronavirus pandemic, please review the Court operations and coronavirus website: https://www.ord.uscourts.gov/index.php/information-regarding-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-and-court-operations

The purpose of the Final Approval Hearing will be to determine:

  1. whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate;
  2. if there are objections, the Court will consider them; and
  3. whether to approve requests including, but not limited to, Class Counsel’s request for attorney fees and litigation costs and the Settlement Administration Costs.

Do you have to come to the Hearing?

No, it is not necessary for you to appear at the hearing. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have. But you are welcome to come at your own expense. If you file an objection or comment, you don’t have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as you filed your written objection on time, your objection will be presented to the Court for its consideration. You may also pay another lawyer to attend on your behalf, but it’s not required.

May you speak at the Hearing?

The Court will consider all written and oral objections during the Final Approval Hearing. As described here, a timely written objection must be submitted by June 15, 2021. You or a lawyer, retained at your own expense, may appear and present an objection or other remarks without submitting written objections, or providing advance notice of an intent to appear, or a request to be heard at the Final Approval Hearing. Settlement Class Members who exclude themselves from the Settlement will have no standing to object or comment on the Settlement.