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Rowland Settlement Update 1/17/17


There has been quite a bit of frustration with members trying to communicate with the lawfirm involved in the Rowland Settlement.  While there is plenty of room for understanding why this small lawfirm doesn't have the capacity to respond to communications from 4,000 class-action members, it can none-the-less be a bit frustrating when countless phone calls and emails appear to go unheard.  While all of the messages are reviewed by SGT Law, not all receive a response and this (often times) leads to members contacting their Union offices to complain or attempt to intervene.   Since this is somewhat overwhelming and unworkable, the Union presidents (including A&R) made a request and received an agreement from SGT Law to:

(1) immediately acknowledge all emails;
(2) generate monthly communications to class members about where they are in the various categories of cases still outstanding; and
(3) send copies of those communications to all of the Unions.

This will not necessarily speed up the settlement process, however, it is anticipated that acknowledgement of the communications and updates on the process will lower the level of anxiety and repeated requests for contact.


Seniority Fix added to Rowland Settlement


The US District Court has ruled that loss of seniority as a result of the Rowland layoffs is a form of economic loss that is recoverable under state and Federal law.  Therefore, employees laid-off as a result of the 11/17/2002 Rowland action who continue or return to State service will have their seniority adjusted.  The decision and agreement with the unions reads as follows:

UPDATE 1/15/2016

The State has begun to credit employees with their award for Emotional Distress and Punitive Damagers during the month of January 2016.  To be eligible for an award you must have been employed with the State on 11/17/2002.  The Emotional Distress and Punitive Awards are as follows:

Laid-Off and Currently working for the State: 80 hrs Vacation & 40 hrs PL
Laid-Off and not Currently working for the State: $1,500 (paid in two yearly installments)

Rowland Settlement Update 10/12/2015

On October 1, 2015, the settlement agreement was approved by the presiding court. 
In general, the settlement offers will be rolling out over the course of the next several months depending on the level of impact

The settlement offers will be sent to Silver, Golub, and Teitell LLP.

General Settlement Terms

Economic Damages Awards

Gross economic1 loss
less: mitigation2 or replacement earnings
less: 30% settlement discount
plus: prejudgment interest calculated from the date of loss to the date of payment at a rate of 5% per year.

1Gross economic loss includes, where applicable, lost wages, lost pension benefits and lost health insurance or damages resulting from loss of health insurance coverage.

Settlement Agreement on Rowland Layoffs

While the full details are not yet available, it has been announced that a settlement agreement has been reached between SEBAC and the State relating to the Rowland layoffs of 2002/03.

The A&R Union will hold meetings to discuss the settlement and the recovery process as soon as possible. 


Legal Notice To Impacted Employees
Opt-Out Form (only if you do NOT want to be included in the lawsuit settlement)
Published Legal Notice

Atty General Jepsen's explanation to the General Assembly
outline of the settlement
general Q&A
press release from SEBAC

updated 7/14/15     original 4/28/15