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Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Covid-19 Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

This settlement resolves a class action suing a group of individuals (Bennett Walsh, David Clinton, Vanessa Lauziere, Celeste Surreira, and Francisco Ureña) about veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home who unnecessarily contracted Covid-19 between March 1, 2020 and June 23, 2020. The complaint alleges that more than 160 veterans suffered and/or died because of the actions of the defendants in this case because of the actions of the defendants.

Docket Number:

20-CV-30115-MGM

Company: Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke

Filing Deadline: August 16, 2022

Class Period: March 1, 2020 to June 23, 2020

Objection Deadline: August 16, 2022

Exclusion Deadline: August 16, 2022

Final Approval Hearing: November 14, 2022

Proof of Purchase:

Note that, to participate in this settlement, you must submit not just a Claim Form but also a Release and Questionnaire. If you are applying on behalf of a living or deceased veteran, you must submit proof, such as a power of attorney or an appointment as an executor of their estate, showing that you have the right to act on that person’s behalf.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you belong to either of the following classes:

- Settlement Class A: Any veteran, or the estate of a deceased veteran, who lived at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, at any time between March 1and June 23, 2020, who (1) tested positive for Covid-19 during that period, and (2) did not die before June 23, 2020.

- Settlement Class B: Any estate of a veteran who lived at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, at any time between March 1 and June 23, 2020, who (1) tested positive for Covid-19 in the last Covid-19 test given to the veteran before his or her death, or (2) had Coronavirus listed as one cause of death on his or her death certificate, or (3) had previously tested positive for Covid-19 but not in the last Covid-19 test given to the veteran before his or death and had a cause of death similar to Coronavirus listed as one cause of death on his or her death certificate, or (4) is a named plaintiff in the Second Amended Complaint in this lawsuit.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Settlement Class A, veterans who survived past June 23, 2020: Minimum payment of $10,000; average estimated at $20,000. Award of amounts over the minimum will be based on the Questionnaire, at the discretion of the Claims Administrator but will not exceed the minimum amount for Settlement Class B. Settlement Class B, veterans who died: Minimum payment of $400,000; average estimated at $510,000. Award of amounts over the minimum will be based on the Questionnaire, at the discretion of the Claims Administrator.

Total Settlement Amount: $56 million plus $6 million in subscription fee credits

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Unknown

Law Firm:
Lesser, Newman, Aleo, & Nasser, LLP

Claim Form: Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Settlement Claim Form, Questionnaire, and Release

Case Name:

Settlement Website: Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Affiliated Monitors, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 961987
Boston, MA 02196
HSHClaims@affiliatedmonitors.com
617-807-1128

Tags: Covid-19 Related, Injuries or Death, Medical Care