NURSE WAGES ANTITRUST SETTLEMENT
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 will notify you of the procedures to be followed by members of the certified Class
with regard to a proposed settlement with the Detroit Medical Center (also known as VHS of Michigan)
as ordered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (“the Court”).
The Settlement with Detroit Medical
On January 27, 2016, Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the United States District Court for the Eastern
District of Michigan granted 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.
Note that all funds associated with any previous settlements in this case have already been fully
Class members entitled to share in the proceeds of the DMC settlement will be sent appropriate
documentation in mid-February. If you believe you are a member of the certified Class entitled to
share in this recovery (defined below) and have not received a claim form or other mailing by March
1, 2016, you should contact the Claims Administrator, Rust Consulting, at the number below.
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. To determine if you are a member of the Class whose
claims are resolved by this Settlement, please consult the document below which lists all job titles
that comprise the Class. If you worked at one of these hospitals in a position other than one 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 this agreement is provided below:
A Description of the claims in this case can be found in the Class Action Complaint below:
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 lawsuit and
to ensure that you receive any payment to which you may be entitled, it is important that we have current,
updated 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 in the Legal Notice:
Cason-Merenda Class Action
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc. - 2249
P.O. Box 2244
Faribault, MN 55021-1644
Status of Previous Settlements
All monies from all previous settlements have been mailed to valid claimants
according to the Plan of Allocation that was approved by the Court as applied by the Claims
Administrator. That mailing completes the process of distributing all monies collected from the
seven settling defendants, St. John Health, Oakwood Healthcare Inc., Bon Secours Cottage Health
Services, Henry Ford Health Services, William Beaumont Hospital, Mt. Clemens General Hospital,
and Trinity Healthcare Corp.
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
KELLER ROHRBACK L.L.P.
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101-3052