Alton, IL (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
SL Chapman LLC announces national and local charities will share in the proceeds of a class action settlement. Fourteen local charities, and two national charities, will each receive between $24,412 and $49,825. SL Chapman LLC Founding Partner Brad Lakin made the announcement after a court ruling last Tuesday (St. Clair County IL Circuit Court, Case Number 02-L-645).
The proceeds are from unpaid portions of a settlement that was reached in 2006. Lakin indicated the most recent funds required an amendment to the prior settlement. When the class members cannot be readily identified, the law provides for what is referred to a Cy Pres award to charitable organizations. Lakin said his firm and the lawyers for Hilton had been working on the proposed amendment and negotiated over the charities that would be receiving the funds. SL Chapman donated all of the attorneys’ fees, expenses, and time that it incurred over the past six months that was associated with the settlement amendment. “We certainly wanted to make sure local charitable causes benefited from the settlement since it the case litigated in St. Clair County,” he said.
The benefiting charities, most in the St. Clair County, Madison County and St. Louis area, include: Autism Speaks, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Polaris Project, Feeding America, Community Hope Center, Operation Blessing, American Diabetes Association, Catholic Urban Programs, Kinder Cottage, Family Living Center, Eagle’s Nest, Positive Peach Warriors Network, Riverbend Family Ministries, and Riverbender Community Center.
Lakin said, “We are truly excited about so many great local charities benefiting from this settlement. We worked hard with Hilton and Judge Robert LeChien to make sure worthwhile organizations received these funds.”
The charities will receive their funding at a ceremony at Riverbender Community Center in Alton, Illinois, 200 West 3rd Street, on Friday September 7, 2012 at 9:00 am. The media is welcome to attend.
SL Chapman LLC has offices in Alton, St. Louis and Phoenix. The attorneys of SL Chapman LLC have obtained over $ 700 million in verdicts, settlements, and other benefits for their clients. The firm’s practice areas include personal injury, pharmaceutical, commercial, estate planning and other complex litigation.
Reference/Legal Case Information: 20th Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, IL Courts: Case # 02-L-645 - Marynelle Maulding, individually and on behalf of others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. Hilton Hotels Corporation, Defendant. Honorable Robert P. LeChien, Circuit Judge