Wow, Lawsuits Really Take a Long Time . . .

I was pretty “stoked” three years ago when I received a notice informing me that I was a potential claimant in a settlement against BAR/BRI (having purchased a bar review course from the company between August, 1997 and July 31, 2006, during which time BAR/BRI was allegedly violating federal antitrust laws). Not only was it a settlement involving real money ($100+), but the entity getting dinged was one that I associated with pain in my life. Ah, sweet revenge!

No, receiving the check wasn’t likely to feel the same as winning a judgment against the bar examiners of the state of New York for spoiling what could have been a relaxed and pleasant month of July, but it was going to be deeply satisfying nonetheless.

Well, it’s been three years and my day of glory has still not arrived.

According to the class action website:

(1) “Over 88,000 Claim Forms representing claims for over 130,000 BAR/BRI courses have been processed by the Claims Administrator”;

(2) “Under the terms of the Settlement, Defendants deposited forty-nine million U.S. dollars ($49,000,000) into an interest-bearing account for the benefit of the Class”; and

(3) “On November 2, 2009, Plaintiffs’ Motion for Final Distribution of the Net Settlement Fund and Approval and Distribution of Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses came on for regular hearing before the Honorable Judge Manual L. Real. The Court, on its own motion, continued the hearing to December 7, 2009. NO CLAIMS CAN BE PAID UNTIL THE DISTRICT COURT HAS ISSUED A DISTRIBUTION ORDER AND THERE HAS BEEN A FINAL RESOLUTION OF ALL APPEALS.”

Sigh. Those 100 bucks really would have come in handy this month. I guess the orphans are going to have to go without presents for another year . . .

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2 Responses

  1. jimmy says:

    If you’ve ever practice law, you wouldn’t be suprised by the length of time.

  2. DCLawyer says:

    Huh…I bet “your” lawyers have gotten their fees or a good part thereof.

    Class action litigation exists only to serve the lawyers who sat around and thought of the creative basis for suit in the first place. No real human beings actually benefit.