Kalima Lawsuit Settlement Update

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Settlement paychecks sent to approximately 1,300 living class members

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

Settlement checks must be cashed within 120 days after issuance. In most cases, the checks must be cashed by March 20, 2024. If you have not cashed your check by that date, the check is “stale” and cannot be cashed. A replacement will then have to be issued and there will be further delays. Please contact the Claims Administrator if you have not cashed your check by the stale date.

A small number of checks have been returned as undeliverable. If you are a Class Member and have not received your check, please contact the Claims Administrator using the contact information below. Living Class Members should continue to update their contact information even after you receive your check in case there is an additional payment after the probate period is completed. Please provide contact information for a representative, as well.

Settlement Payments to Deceased Class Members’ Heirs

The “Probate Plan” for Deceased Class Members has begun. Probate Special Counsel Scott Suzuki has filed and will be filing Petitions in Probate Court to seek approval for payments to those entitled to the settlement funds of Deceased Class Members. Please read the Legal Notices in the Honolulu Star Advertiser (which also are available on the kalima-lawsuit.com website under the “Documents” link) for the information on hearing dates and parties involved in each Petition.

This process is expected to take about two years to complete. Estates of Deceased Class Members with the most accurate and complete information about possible heirs will be processed first. Those with incomplete information will take longer.

A notice about the Probate Plan was mailed out by the Claims Administrator on Dec. 4, 2023, and contains detailed information about how the Probate Plan works. It is also available under the “Documents” link at the kalima-lawsuit.com website. Relatives of Deceased Class Members who have not already done so should submit a Deceased Class Member Information Form and Family Information Form. Both can be found at the Kalima website. It is critical that these forms be completed and submitted to the Claims Administrator to facilitate prompt distributions.

Family members can find more information about how Deceased Class Members’ claims will be handled on www.kalima-lawsuit.com.

Please contact the Claims Administrator at info@kalima-lawsuit.com or at 1-808-650-5551 or 1-833-639-1308 (Toll-Free) if you have questions. If you are available at limited times, please include that information in your message. Mahalo!