You have reached the website for Cason-Merenda et., al v. VHS of Michigan, Inc., d/b/a/ Detroit Medical Center et al., Case No. 06-15601 (E.D. Mich). This website explains the procedures to be followed by members of the certified Class with regard to a settlement with Detroit Medical Center (also known as VHS of Michigan) as approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (“the Court”).

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Court set a deadline for submitting Claim Forms, requiring that any Claim Form to be considered be "postmarked no later than April 16, 2016." This date is specified on the Claim Form and has been featured on this website since date when the Court issued its order governing the claims process. Consistent with the instructions of the Court, the Claims Administrator is no longer accepting requests for Claim Forms to be reissued. Also consistent with the instructions of the Court, Claim Forms received with a postmark date after April 16, 2016 will not be considered.

We cannot estimate how long it will take the Claims Administrator to review and process all of the timely Claim Forms received or when the Court will authorize the settlement distribution to the approved Claimants. Please be patient. This website will be updated when that information becomes available. We urge you to review it periodically.


The Settlement with Detroit Medical Center

On January 27, 2016, Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted final approval to a settlement reached with the last remaining defendant in this litigation, Detroit Medical Center (which will henceforth be referred to as "DMC"). This last settlement pays $42,000,000 to the Class, and resolves all claims in this case which alleged a conspiracy to suppress nurse compensation among eight Detroit area hospitals and is described in more detail in the Complaint attached below.

On February 16, 2016, Rust Consulting, the Court-appointed Claims Administrator, mailed the Notice of Claim and Claim Form to members of the Class. As stated above, the Claims Administrator is not accepting requests to mail Claim Forms to any individuals since the deadline for submitting a claim has passed.

If you are a member of the Class and wish to have receipt of your Claim Form by the Claims Administrator confirmed, please contact the Detroit Nurses Claims Administrator directly at telephone number 866-903-0635.

The Class is defined as:

All registered nurses who provided direct patient care in short term acute care facilities, exclusive of supervisory, managerial and advanced practice nurses, and who were employed by Defendants within the Detroit-Warren-Livonia Metropolitan Statistical Area ("Detroit MSA") at any time from December 12, 2002 through December 12, 2006.

Specifically, certain job titles at the defendant hospitals have been identified as comprising the Class. It is important to understand that not all RNs employed by a Defendant are part of the Class. If your job title indicates you had any managerial, supervisory, or training duties, then you are not a member of the Class because you were paid as a manager or supervisor or preceptor, and how your pay was determined is what determines class status. If you did not work at a hospital facility then you are not a member of the Class, and if you worked outside the Detroit MSA you are not a member of the Class.

Please consult the Class Job Titles below which lists all job titles that comprise the Class. If you worked at one of the defendants' hospitals in a position other than one specifically listed on this document you are not a member of the Class and are not entitled to share in any monies available through this settlement.

Class Job Titles

A copy of the settlement agreement is provided below:

Settlement Agreement

A description of the claims in this case can be found in the Class Action Complaint below:

Amended Complaint

The Legal Notice of Class Action Settlement ("Legal Notice" - a copy of which is available at the link below) provides a short description of the essential details of the settlement. Note that all deadlines indicated in this Notice have passed.

Notice of Class Action Settlement

It Is Very Important That You Update Your Address Information.

In order to ensure that you receive any future information about this settlement and to ensure that you receive any payment to which you may be entitled, it is important that the Claims Administrator have current, and correct mailing address information for all members of the certified Class. Any updated address or other contact information for you must be provided in writing and directly to the Claims Administrator at the following address which is also found on the Notice of Claim and Claim Form you received. Class Counsel cannot update your mailing address for you.

Detroit Nurses Claims Administrator
c/o Rust Consulting - 2249
P.O. Box 2244
Faribault, MN 55021-1644

Further details of this litigation and the various Orders issued by the Court can be found at this link.

Class Counsel can be contacted at:

Mark A. Griffin
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101-3052
Toll Free (800) 231-5970

or via:

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