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Oregon CARES Fund Racial Requirement Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services, The Contingent, and Black United Fund, Inc. are settling a case that challenged the race-oriented criteria of a black relief and resiliency fund. The original Fund was created from a portion of federal Covid-19 relief money received by the state of Oregon, and a new fund has been created by the settling defendants.

Docket Number:

3:20-cv-01866-IM

Company: Oregon Department of Administrative Services

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Objection Deadline: May 28, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: May 28, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: June 21, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

You do not need to submit a claim form. Your existing application will be processed. You should, however, fill out an ACH payment request form.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are an individual, a business, or a nonprofit who submitted an application for funding to this fund or to The Contingent before December 9, 2020 and you did not indicate on your application that you identify as black, are a black-owned business, or are a black-focused organization.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Class members’ applications will be reviewed in the order in which they were originally received. If the information you gave in your application would have enabled you to receive money from the Fund on a race-neutral basis, then you will be sent a payment of the full amount you would have been entitled to receive. Note that in some cases, the amount may be $0. Fill out the ACH payment request form, or the Settlement Administrator will issue your check to the last address on file for you.

Total Settlement Amount: $3.5 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$20,000

Law Firms:
Benbrook Law Group, PC
Mitchell Law, PLLC
Murphy & Buchal, LLP

Claim Form: ACH Payment Request Form

Case Name:

Settlement Website: Oregon CARES Fund Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

GNR v. Coba Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 10269
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2269
844-989-1576

Tags: Covid-19 Related, Provisions of Government Programs, Racial Discrimination