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Detroit Nurse Wages

You have reached the website for Cason-Merenda et al v. Detroit Medical Center et al. Case No. 06-15601 (E.D. Mich). This website will notify you of the procedures to be followed by members of three certified settlement classes as ordered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (“the Court”).

A hearing on the settlements discussed below has been scheduled for Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, Room 733, 231 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48226.


The Settlements.

On March 16, 2010 Chief Judge Gerald E. Rosen of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted preliminary approval to settlements reached with three of the defendants in the case Cason-Merenda et al v. Detroit Medical Center et al. This case alleges a conspiracy to suppress nurse compensation among eight Detroit area hospitals and is described in more detail in the Complaint attached below. The settling parties are St. John Health, Oakwood Healthcare Inc., and Bon Secours Cottage Health Services.

Copies of the following documents are available through this website:

The Court’s order includes certain deadlines that are of importance to all members of these settlement classes. In particular:

  1. If you wish to opt out of any or all of these settlements, you must send a letter stating your desire not to participate in these settlements by mail, postmarked no later than June 24, 2010. This letter should be addressed to:
    Detroit Nurses Antitrust Action: St. John Health,
    Bon Secours and Oakwood Class Settlements
    c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1397
    Minneapolis, MN 55440-1397
  2. If you wish to object to any or all of these settlements, you must send your written objection to the counsel listed below, as well as filing your objection with the Court (at the address below) so as to be received no later than August 13, 2010.
     
  3. You may, but are not required to, hire your own lawyer to represent you at the final hearing at your own expense. If you wish to speak at the hearing, you (or your lawyer) must file a “Notice of Intention to Appear at Final Fairness Hearing in Cason-Merenda, et al. v. Detroit Medical Center et al., Class Settlement, Case No. 06-15601” with the Court (at the address below) and send a copy to the counsel listed below at least ten business days before the Final Fairness Hearing (August 19, 2010).
     
  4. Judge Rosen has scheduled the hearing on the final approval of these three settlements for Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse, Room 733, 231 West Lafayette Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48226. You may, but are not required to, attend this hearing.

Notices of objections (but not opt-out notices) should be filed with the Court at:

Clerk of the Court:

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Clerk’s Office
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 564
Detroit, MI 48226

and sent to the appropriate attorneys at:

Plaintiffs’ Class Counsel:

Mark A. Griffin
KELLER ROHRBACK L.L.P.
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101-3052

Counsel for Defendant Oakwood Healthcare, Inc.:

Howard B. Iwrey
DYKEMA GOSSETT PLLC
39577 Woodward Avenue, Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Counsel for Defendant Bon Secours

Shari Ross Lahlou
CROWELL & MORNING LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington D.C. 2004

Counsel for Defendant St John Health

Michael Shumaker
JONES DAY
51 Louisiana Ave. NW
Washington D.C. 2001

Class Counsel can be contacted at:

Mark A. Griffin
KELLER ROHRBACK L.L.P.
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101-3052
(800) 231-5970

or via:

http://www.krclassaction.com/

The Litigation.

The class action litigation was filed on December 15, 2006 against six defendants (Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Mount Clemens General Hospital, Inc., St. John Health, Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., and Bon Secours Cottage Health Services). The complaint was subsequently amended to include two additional defendants (William Beaumont Hospital, and Trinity Health Corp.) on June 15, 2007.

A copy of the Third Corrected Class Action Complaint in this matter, setting forth the conduct that Plaintiffs allege has resulted in suppressed nurse compensation being paid by the Defendant hospitals as a result of conduct that violates the antitrust laws can be found here:

Third Corrected Class Action Complaint
 

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