Kalima Lawsuit Case Status

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By Thomas Grande, Esq. and Carl Varady, Esq.

On Oct. 26, 2023, the Hawai‘i Supreme Court dismissed the appeal and writ filed in this case by a class member. No more appeals are possible. On Oct. 31, 2023, the First Circuit Court transferred the Settlement Funds, in the amount of $326,342,409.43, to the Kalima Class Action Settlement Trust (the “Trust”). Now that the Settlement Funds are in the Trust, settlement payments to living class members will be made as soon as possible.

Checks will be mailed to the Class Members’ most recent address. If your address has changed, please contact the Claims Administrator by e-mail at info@Kalima-Lawsuit.com or by phone at 1-808-650-5551 or 1-833-639-1308 (Toll-Free).

Checks of $25,000 or more will require a signature of someone 18-years-old or older. If you receive your mail at a P.O. Box, please inform the P.O. Box manager if special arrangements are necessary to provide such a signature.

Probate Special Master Emily Kawashima and Probate Special Counsel Scott Suzuki will continue to work on implementing the “Probate Plan” and will be seeking approval from the Probate Court to direct payments from the Trust to those entitled to the settlement funds for deceased Class Members.

A notice about the Probate Plan will be mailed out by the Claims Administrator soon and will have more information about how the Probate Plan will work. Relatives of deceased class members who have not already done so should submit a Deceased Class Member Information Form. Family members can obtain more information about how Deceased Class Members’ claims will be handled by attending the next Attorney Talk Story on Dec. 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Details and more information are available on kalima-lawsuit.com.

Please contact the Claims Administrator at info@kalima-lawsuit.com or at 1-808-650-5551 1-833-639-1308 (Toll-Free) if you have questions. Do not contact the Court directly.