On February 15, 2016, the West Mediation Group reached a Global Settlement [View Here] with USAPA and the 14 individual defendants in the consolidated LMRDA and DJ cases pending on North Carolina, and the fee claim in the Addington class action in Arizona. As previously stated, the proposed settlement agreement, accompanied by a Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval and various required supporting documents, was then sent to Judge Conrad for review and preliminary approval subject to final approval after a Fairness Hearing.
The Court reviewed all of the materials submitted by the parties supporting the Joint Motion, and the Court granted the motion on April 22, 2016 [Doc 117: Order]. Most importantly, the Court (1) preliminarily approved the settlement; (2) approved two settlement classes (an East class and a West class) and approved counsel for each; (3) provided a timetable of events for notices to be distributed to all affected pilots and comments/objections to be submitted [Page 13 of Doc. 117]; and (4) scheduled a Fairness Hearing on August 30, 2016, at 9:30am in U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division.
The Court’s Order [Doc. 117] requires that any comments or objections to the Settlement Agreement must be submitted by July 11, 2016, in conformance with the requirements set forth in the Q&A No. 9, which can be found in the Notice of Settlement. These requirements can also be found on the Leonidas website at cactuspilot.com.
The Court is taking appreciable care to assure all relevant legal procedures are properly executed in finalizing the settlement agreement, hence the length of time between the initial settlement in February and the Fairness Hearing that will take place August 30, 2016. Therefore we must take particular care to point out to all class members the warning issued by the Court on Page 11 of Doc 117:
DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT WITH QUESTIONS, OBJECTIONS, COMMENTS, AND/OR ANY OTHER CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT OR THE RELATED PROCEEDINGS. THE COURT WILL NOT RECEIVE OR RESPOND TO ANY SUCH COMMUNICATIONS.
Because this is a class action in Federal Court that affects persons residing in multiple states, the Court also exercised its discretion to require the parties and class counsel to provide notice of the proposed settlement to all Attorneys General of the states where legacy US Airways pilots reside. After reviewing USAPA records, Class Counsel decided to provide notice to all state Attorneys General, and this was sent April 29, 2016.
You are encouraged to review all of the documents associated with the settlement.