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 Center

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 distributed.

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:

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 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
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101-3052
(800) 231-5970

or via:

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