UCLA Doctor Sexual Abuse

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

The Regents of the University of California and Dr. James M. Heaps are spending $73 million to settle a class action alleging Heaps assaulted, abused, and engaged in harassing and offensive misconduct with female patients during the time he was in obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA. The complaint alleges that UCLA received notice of his behavior while it was going on and failed to take measures to protect patients.

Docket Number:


Company: Regents of the University of California

Filing Deadline: June 7, 2021

Class Period: January 1, 1983 to June 28, 2018

Objection Deadline: May 6, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: May 6, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: July 12, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

Statements of Class Membership must be verified. Also, additional information must be provided for Tier 2 and Tier 3 claims.


You may be eligible if you are a woman who was seen by Dr. James M. Heaps for treatment at one of the following places at the specified times: (1) UCLA Medical Center, between January 1, 1986 and June 28, 2018, (2) UCLA’s student health center, between January 1, 1983 and June 30, 2010, or (3) Dr. Heaps’s offices at 100 UCLA Medical Plaza, between February 1, 2014 and June 28, 2018.

If you believe you may be a class member but did not receive a Notice by mail or e-mail assigning you a Claimant ID, you should submit a Statement of Class Membership at the settlement website.

Typical Settlement Amount:

If you received a Notice assigning you a Claimant ID, you do not have to do anything to receive a Tier 1 award. If you wish to make a Tier 2 or 3 claim, you must file a claim form.

Awards: Tier 1: $2,500. Tier 2: Up to an additional $10,000. Tier 3: Between $10,000 and $250,000. For more information, see the Notice at https://www.uclaheapssettlement.com/admin/services/connectedapps.cms.extensions/ Tier 1 awards will not be reduced. Final amounts of Tier 2 or 3 awards may be adjusted up or down, depending on the number of valid claims received and the total amount in claims.

In addition to monetary benefits, the Regents have agreed to alter their oversight procedures and standards.

Total Settlement Amount: $73 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

Up to $15,000

Law Firms:
Erickson Kramer Osborne, LLP
Gibbs Law Group
Girard Sharp LLP

Claim Form: UCLA Heaps Settlement Tier 2 and Tier 3 Claim Form

Case Name: A.B. et al. v. Regents of the University of California et al.

Settlement Website: UCLA Heaps Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
JND Legal Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

UCLA Heaps Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91386
Seattle, WA 98111-9333

Tags: Medical Care, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault