Excellence Award for Cy Pres Support of Legal Services – 844-292-1318 Pennsylvania legal aid

The cy pres doctrine is that residual funds should be distributed to the “next best” use. In 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court implemented new civil procedure rules directing how residual funds from class actions lawsuits are to be distributed, allowing the designation of 50% of the funds to the IOLTA Board or another organization that has a direct or indirect relationship to the objectives of the underlying class action or which promote the interests of the class.

For facilitating the designation of the discretionary portion of the residual funds to the PA IOLTA Board and Community Legal Services from recent class action settlements, we recognize the leadership and excellence of the following law firms:

•Barrack, Rodos & Bacine (Mark Rosen, Esq.), Philadelphia PA
•Donovan Axler, LLC (Michael D. Donovan, Esq.), Philadelphia, PA
•Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock, Dodig LLP, (Alan M. Feldman, Esq.), Philadelphia, PA
•Francis & Mailman, PC (James Francis, Esq.), Berwyn, PA
•Kessler, Topaz, Meltzer & Check, LLP (Lee D. Rudy, Esq.), Radnor, PA
•Wohl & Fruchter LLP (Ethan D. Wohl, Esq.), New York, NY

Cy Pres Donation for Legal Aid Society – 844-292-1318 Ohio legal aid

Ohio Lawyers Give Back was founded by Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. to promote the use of cy pres in class action settlements. When a class action is settled, plaintiff and defendant agree to a fund amount to pay all class members. Since many class members have moved, passed-away, or can’t be found, millions of settlement dollars go unclaimed. That settlement money is intended to benefit the class—rather than revert to the wrongdoing defendant—so the ancient doctrine of cy pres is now being used to distribute the unclaimed money to charities and non profits.

Over million dollars has already been distributed, just by the sponsors, a single law firm. If cy pres were used more broadly, hundreds of millions of dollars each year would be available to help charities, non-profits, and the communities where we live. This website is dedicated to advancing the use of cy pres in all class action settlements where a large pool of unclaimed settlement funds is expected.
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