Stetson, et al. v. West Publishing Corp., et al.


Please be advised that as of January 11, 2018, all appeals to the Settlement have been resolved. Gilardi will proceed with the full implementation of the Settlement, including distribution to eligible Settlement Class Members. At this time, however, we do not have an estimated date of distribution. Please visit this website periodically for updates.

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If you paid for a BAR/BRI full-service bar review course from August 1, 2006, through and including March 21, 2011, you could get a cash payment from a class action settlement. There is a proposed settlement in a class action lawsuit against West Publishing Corporation and Kaplan, Inc. (Stetson, et al. v. West Publishing Corporation, et al., Central District of California Case No. CV-08-00810 R). This settlement supersedes the prior proposed settlement of which you may have received a notice in April 2011. The lawsuit alleges that BAR/BRI and Kaplan violated federal antitrust laws by agreeing to limit competition in the market for full-service bar review courses. West was the owner of BAR/BRI during the relevant period.

What does the settlement provide? Defendants have agreed to pay the total sum of $9,500,000 (the "Settlement Fund"). After deductions for Class Counsel's attorney's fees and costs and other amounts associated with the settlement as approved by the Court, the remainder of the Settlement Fund will be distributed to Class Members who submit timely claims in proportion to the amount that they paid for relevant BAR/BRI courses.

What are my options? To receive a portion of the Settlement Fund, you must submit a Claim Form, postmarked or submitted online by July 8, 2013. Instead of submitting a Claim Form, you may submit a request to exclude yourself from the Class by the same deadline, in which case you will not receive any portion of the Settlement Fund, but you will preserve your right to bring your own suit for the conduct alleged in the lawsuit. If you do nothing, you will remain in the Class but will not receive any money. If you do not exclude yourself from the Class, you may also object to the settlement and/or Class Counsel's request for fees and expenses and other proposed deductions from the Settlement Fund. To do so, you must mail a written objection to the Claims Administrator postmarked by July 8, 2013.

The Court will consider any objections and determine whether the proposed settlement should be approved at a hearing in Los Angeles on August 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. You may, but are not required to, appear at the hearing or hire an attorney to appear for you, at your own expense.

The foregoing is only a short summary of the relevant information. Please check this website for more details, including the settlement-related documents, and to use the Claim ID and PIN assigned to you to view the amounts that West's records show you paid for relevant BAR/BRI courses.

Important Dates

Case Relevant Event Date
Deadline to File a Claim July 8, 2013
Deadline to File a Request for Exclusion: July 8, 2013
Deadline to File an Objection: July 8, 2013
Deadline to File a Notice to Appear: July 8, 2013
Fairness Hearing: August 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.