Settlement Structure: Claims Made
Active: OpenCase Summary:
The District of Columbia is settling a class action about arrests of protesters on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017. The complaint alleged that the District of Columbia, the then-chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, and other officials, made false arrests of individuals and confined them in an unconstitutional way, without providing food, water, or bathroom facilities within a reasonable time. The complaint alleged the officials committed false arrest and negligence per se, by making arrests without individualized probably cause, failing to issue orders for dispersal, and failing to provide food, water, and bathroom facilities within a reasonable length of time.Docket Number:
Company: District of Columbia – Washington, DC
Filing Deadline: August 6, 2021
Class Period: January 20, 2017
Objection Deadline: August 6, 2021
Exclusion Deadline: August 6, 2021
Final Approval Hearing: September 15, 2021Proof of Purchase:
No proof is requested. Presumably arrest records will be used for verification.Eligibility:
You may be eligible if you were arrested and detained near 12th and L Street, NW in Washington, DC, at around 10:50 a.m., at the inauguration of President Donald Trump, on January 20, 2017. You do not need to have been actually protesting. You must have been arrested at the above location, and not at a different location, at around 10:50 that morning. You may be a member of either or both of the following classes:
- The False Arrest Class is all those (1) who were arrested at a location at or near 12th and L Street, NW, at around 10:50 a.m. on January 20, 2017, in connection with the protest of the inauguration, and (2) you were not convicted of a crime in connection with the protest.
- The Conditions of Confinement Class is all those who were arrested at a location at or near 12th and L Street, NW, at around 10:50 a.m. on January 20, 2017, in connection with the protest of the inauguration, and you did not get to a booking facility less than two hours after the time of your arrest. You may be part of this class even if you were convicted of a crime committed on that day.Typical Settlement Amount:
Benefits: (1) False Arrest Class: Equal share of the $800,000 False Arrest Claimants’ fund, up to a maximum of $5,000. Final amounts depend on the number of valid claims filed. (2) Conditions of Confinement Class: Share of the $102,000 Conditions of Confinement fund, depending on the length of time they were in custody without access to food, water, or bathroom facilities (for two, four, or six hours), up to $680 per person.
Total Settlement Amount: $902,900Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:
Law Office of Jeffrey L. Light
Case Name: Schultz, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.
Settlement Website: Inauguration 2017 District of Columbia False Arrest Settlement Website
Kroll Settlement Administration, LLC
Schultz v. District of Columbia
c/o Claims Administrator
PO Box 662