ABOUT THE SETTLEMENT
The settlement has been finally approved, funds have been received from the Defendants, and we are processing the claims in order to make distributions to all eligible class members.
We must finalize all claims before we can make distributions to any class members. This is because the settlement entitles class members to a “pro rata” distribution. In other words, the amount that any specific class member is entitled to depends upon the total amount that all class members are seeking. There remain some claims for which we need additional information from the claiming class member, or which we have otherwise not been able to verify. We are working on these issues and hope to have them resolved shortly.
- The settlement resolves a lawsuit au pairs filed against U.S. State Department designated sponsors of the J-1 au pair program (the “Defendants”), alleging various claims against those Defendants arising from the weekly stipend hosting families pay to au pairs. The Court has not ruled that the Defendants did anything wrong or violated any laws.
- The settlement creates a $65,500,000 fund to pay individual claims from au pairs, expenses incurred in advancing this lawsuit, and the court-appointed lawyers for the au pairs (“Class Counsel”).
- The settlement also requires that, going forward, the Defendants will clarify in a notice to au pairs and host families that the weekly au pair stipend is a minimum payment requirement.
- The court-appointed lawyers for the au pairs, who have handled all aspects of this case and have not been paid for their work, will ask the Court for 35% of the settlement for their fees and also for payment of litigation expenses.
- The Court still has to decide whether to approve the settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the settlement and after any appeals are resolved.
- Your rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice of Proposed Settlement. Please read the Notice carefully.
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YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS
Your rights and options are explained in the Notice of Proposed Settlement. If you wished to submit a claim, be excluded from all or part of the settlement, or object to the settlement, you were required to act before May 2, 2019.
The only way to get a payment. Release your claims.
Get no payment. Retain your claims.
Write to the Court about why you do not agree with the settlement.
Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement.
Get no payment. Release your claims.