LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Harris & Ruble and the Law Offices of Perrin F. Disner pursuant to an order of the United States District Court for the Central District of California:
If you paid for a BAR/BRI full-service bar review course from August 1, 2006, through and including March 21, 2011, you could get a cash payment from a class action settlement.
There is a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit against West Publishing Corporation and Kaplan, Inc. (Stetson, et al. v. West Publishing Corporation, et al., Central District of California Case No. CV-08-00810 R). This settlement supersedes the prior proposed settlement for which you may have received a notice in April 2011. The lawsuit alleges that BAR/BRI violated federal antitrust laws by agreeing with Kaplan to limit competition in the market for full-service bar review courses. West was the owner of BAR/BRI during the relevant period.
What does the settlement provide? Defendants have agreed to pay the total sum of $9,500,000 (the "Settlement Fund"). After deductions for Class Counsel's attorney's fees and costs and other amounts associated with the settlement as approved by the Court, the remainder of the Settlement Fund will be distributed to Class Members who submit timely claims in proportion to the amount that they paid for relevant BAR/BRI courses.
What are my options? To receive a portion of the Settlement Fund, you must submit a Claim Form, postmarked or submitted online by July 8, 2013. Instead of submitting a Claim Form, you may submit a request to exclude yourself from the Class by the same deadline, in which case you will not receive any portion of the Settlement Fund, but you will preserve your right to bring your own suit for the conduct alleged in the lawsuit. If you do nothing, you will remain in the Class but will not receive any money. If you do not exclude yourself from the Class, you may also object to the settlement and/or Class Counsel's request for fees and expenses and other proposed deductions from the Settlement Fund. To do so, you must mail a written objection to the Claims Administrator postmarked by July 8, 2013.
The Court will consider any objections and determine whether the proposed settlement should be approved at a hearing in Los Angeles on August 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. You may, but are not required to, appear at the hearing or hire an attorney to appear for you, at your own expense.
The foregoing is only a short summary of the relevant information. Please check the website listed below for more details, including the settlement-related documents, and to file a claim electronically.
For more information or to file a claim, go to www.gilardi.com/barbrisettlement.
DATED: May 2, 2013
BY ORDER OF THE COURT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
SOURCE Harris & Ruble and the Law Offices of Perrin F. Disner