Kalima Lawsuit Settlement Update

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

Settlement Payments to Living Class Members

Settlement checks have now been mailed to approximately 1,300 living Class Members. Settlement checks must be cashed within 120 days after issuance. In most cases, the checks had to be cashed by March 20, 2024.

The Special Master has extended by 30 additional days the date by which checks must be cashed. If you have not cashed your check within 150 days after the check was issued, the old check will be voided and a replacement check will have to be issued. This will cause further delays. Please contact the Claims Administrator if you have not cashed your check.

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 to report that you have not received your check and to update your address.

Living Class Members should continue to update their contact information in case there is an additional payment after the probate period is completed. Please continue to update your contact information even after you receive your check.

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 for the information on hearing dates and parties involved in each Petition. This information also is available on the kalima-lawsuit.com website under the “Documents” link, which is updated whenever a new petition is filed.

This Probate 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.

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 on the Kalima website. It is critical that these forms are completed and submitted to the Claims Administrator to facilitate prompt distributions. If you have done so already, there is no need to repeat this process unless your information has changed.

A notice describing 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. 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 only available at limited times, please include that information in your message. Mahalo.