Click here for a short summary of the issue. Click here for a detailed timeline.
See also the Pension Rights Center website.
Click here for ex-St. Peter's CEO John Matuska's 2011 letter to the IRS.
Click here for ex-St. Peter's VP of HR Bruce Pardo's 2011 letter to the IRS.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Notice

We are glad to post the following message from Larry Kaplan's legal counsel:

Please do not contact Larry Kaplan, the named plaintiff in the Kaplan v. Saint Peter's Healthcare System lawsuit.  Larry is represented by counsel.  Please direct any inquires to his lawyers at Cohen Milstein.  They may be reached at (202) 408-4600. Thank you.

We would add that this request does indeed apply to you.

10 comments:

  1. Unless I read the below interpretation of a class action, It is beneficial for a group of people to Share knowledge and facts about a case. Most of the "class" usually does not know each other to start with--therefore a "class action" concerns all parties regardless of who the initial person filing it. The representative plaintiff now has a duty to be fair and just with the complait so it would not be to his/her benefit to hide behind lawyers and not speak to anyone about the lawsuit!

    A “class action” is a lawsuit brought by a representative plaintiff on behalf of a class of persons with similar claims. The class and the lawsuit must be certified by a judge as appropriate for class action treatment. If the case is certified, the lawsuit may proceed to resolve issues common to all class members. In general, notice of the lawsuit is mailed to all potential class members and, unless they “opt out,” all who fit within the class definition are automatically part of the lawsuit.

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  2. Um--furthermore now that the class action is Certified--Larry and the entire "class"
    are represented by the lawyers. What Law school did you go to? This means you!

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    1. We've reproduced the notice from Larry's lawyers unedited. They have advised Larry not to take your phone calls. The case's lead lawyer at Cohen Milstein is Karen Handorf, who graduated University of Wisconsin Law School in 1975 and has had a long, distinguished career in benefits law. You argue that the lawyers represent you too. We urge you to contact them if you feel you have been unfairly represented, or if you can help with the case.

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  3. Who is this comment addressed to? Who is "you"
    I may be some-one different, please be specific in your postings.
    Thanks

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    1. Our most recent reply was directed specifically to the person who posted the first two comments, who complained that Larry was "hid(ing) behind lawyers." (We assume comment 2 ["furthermore"] was from the same person as comment 1, though it's hard to be certain when they're anonymous.) In general, that reply was directed to any members of the class (presumably the commenter is one) who have been trying to contact Larry. The initial posting (the notice from Larry's lawyers) is for anyone who is not Larry or his lawyers.

      Re the comment about certification, we at the blog don't know whether the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have yet been certified as a class. (No, we haven't gone to law school.) If you need to take that up as a point of legal procedure, we can perhaps request a guest post from someone on the legal team or at Pension Rights Center. Or you can take it up with the folks at Cohen Milstein. By "you" here, we mean the commenter who brought up the point.

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  4. Hello, We have not been on in a while, what "posting" from lawyers is this about?

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    1. We referred to OUR posting, above, with the request from Larry's lawyers to everyone else, requesting that they refrain from contacting him while the suit is ongoing.

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  5. Hey big shot, what happens if Larry Dies?

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  6. So where is the class-action if Larry Dies?

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    1. Larry Kaplan is in excellent health. If Larry becomes unavailable to serve as an active plaintiff, another participant or beneficiary will be able to act as lead plaintiff.

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