Www.LakeCountyJailSettlement.com – Lake County Indiana Jail Class Action Lawsuit Settlement
You can get information on the Lake County Indiana Jail Class Action Lawsuit Settlement at www.lakecountyjailsettlement.com site. If you were in prison between May 13, 2006 to February 1, 2012 and were in there for 24 hours or longer, you may be able to take part in this settlement. The reason for this is the conditions that those who were jailed had to endure. These conditions include inadequacy in terms of food, showers, clothing. The conditions also include overcrowding, sanitation, sleeping conditions which include the condition of the mattresses and the bedding and also long detentions.
The amount of the Lake County Indiana Jail Class Action Lawsuit Settlement is $7.2 million. You will have to fill out a claim form which you will be able to find at www.lakecountyjailsettlement.com site. The amount you will get paid will depend on the length of time you were in the jail. You must make sure that you sign the form. Otherwise it will not be considered valid. You will have to submit it by December 3, 2012. There is an address that you can mail it to. If you wanted to, you could exclude yourself by submitting a written request. This has to be postmarked by December 3, 2012. You can also object to the settlement. Again you will have to do this by December 3, 2012. You can attend the Court Hearing if you want. This will be on December 14, 2012. This will happen at 9:30 a.m. You actually do not have to attend this if you do not want to. Not attending will not mean that you will not get any payment. So you do not have to worry about that at all. However, if you do nothing, you will get nothing. You will not get any compensation. You will also lose all your legal rights and you will not be able to take part in any other lawsuits either. And you will also not be able to sue on your own. So you have to make a decision on what you would like to do. And you will have to make the decision within the deadline that has been specified. Missing the deadline will make your request or submission not valid.
If you were in the holding cells for less than 24 hours, you are not eligible to take part. For those who were in the holding cells for longer than 24 hours, you will be given a score. You will get a score of 1 if you were in the holding cell between 24 – 48 hours. You will get a score of 3 if you were held more than 48 hours but less than 72 hours. You will get a score of 6 points if you were in there for more than 72 hours but 12o hours or less. Finally you will get a score of 12 points if you were in there for more than 120 hours.
If you were detained more than one time, you can only claim for one period of stay. You can claim for the longest period that you stayed. If you were detained more than one time, you will also get an additional point. The Court has appointed Loevy & Loevy as class counsel. This means that you can contact this firm if you have any questions or concerns. Basically you will be able to use their services without having to pay them out of your own pocket. This is because an amount will be set aside from the settlement funds to pay for their fees. This will not exceed 40% of the funds. However, if you want someone else to represent you, you will have to pay them yourself. The plaintiffs, i.e. those people who actually filed the lawsuit, will get more than those who just submit a claim form. The plaintiffs may get an award that does not exceed $25,000.
However, these fees and awards are not set yet. The Court will decide on the amount during the Final Fairness Hearing. Also during the Final Fairness Hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the settlement. You will also be able to speak during the hearing if you wanted to. However you have to request this first. So make sure that you do that if you would like to speak. If you are not sure what to do, just contact the Class Counsel.
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