Harding, et al. v. Southcoast Hospitals Group, Inc., et al.
Southcoast ERISA Settlement

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What Is This Lawsuit About?

This litigation (the “Action”) is a class action in which Named Plaintiffs Christian Harding, Patricia Giramma, Ronald Welch, and Lisa Harbour allege that the Defendants breached fiduciary duties owed to the participants in and beneficiaries of the Plan under ERISA by, among other things, failing to attempt to reduce the Plan’s expenses or exercise appropriate judgment to scrutinize each investment option that was offered in the Plan to ensure it was prudent. A copy of the Complaint as well as other documents filed in the Action are available at the Important Documents page or from Class Counsel. Defendants have denied and continue to deny all of the claims and allegations in the Action and deny any liability or wrongful conduct of any kind. Defendants believe they have administered the Plan properly, prudently, and in the best interests of Plan participants.

A Settlement Fund consisting of $2,000,000.00 (two million U.S. dollars) in cash (the “Gross Settlement Amount”) is being established in the Action. The Gross Settlement Amount will be deposited into an escrow account, and the Gross Settlement Amount, together with any interest earned, will constitute the Settlement Fund. Payment of any taxes, approved attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses and payment of Case Contribution Awards to the Named Plaintiffs, and costs of administering the Settlement will be paid out of the Settlement Fund. After the payment of such fees, expenses, and awards, the amount that remains will constitute the Net Settlement Amount. The Net Settlement Amount will be allocated to Settlement Class members according to a Plan of Allocation approved by the Court.

Who Is In The Settlement Class?

You are a member of the Settlement Class if you fall within the definition of the Settlement Class preliminarily approved by Judge Leo T. Sorokin:

All persons who participated in the Plan at any time during the Class Period, including any Beneficiary of a deceased person who participated in the Plan at any time during the Class Period, and any Alternate Payee of a person subject to a Qualified Domestic Relations Order who participated in the Plan at any time during the Class Period. Excluded from the Settlement Class are Defendants and their beneficiaries.

The “class period” referred to in this definition is from December 14, 2014 to November 24, 2021. If you are a member of the Settlement Class, the amount of money you will receive, if any, will depend upon the Plan of Allocation.


YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO FILE A CLAIM IF YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A PAYMENT UNDER THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT. The Settlement was approved by the Court. If you are a member of the Settlement Class, you will not need to file a claim in order to receive a Settlement payment if you are entitled to receive a payment under the Settlement Agreement.
HOW SETTLEMENT PAYMENTS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED If you currently have a positive account balance in the Plan and are a Settlement Class member, any share of the Net Settlement Amount to which you are entitled will be deposited into your Plan account. If you are a Former Participant (i.e., no longer a participant in the Plan) and are a Settlement Class member, such funds shall be paid directly to you by the Settlement Administrator.
MARCH 25, 2022. - Passed
If you wished to object to any part of the Settlement, you must have submitted a written objection to the Court and the attorneys for the Parties by March 25, 2022.
YOU MAY ATTEND THE FAIRNESS HEARING ON APRIL 25, 2022. - Passed If you submitted a written objection to the Settlement to the Court and counsel before the Court-approved deadline, you may have attended (but do not have to) the Fairness Hearing about the Settlement and presented your objections to the Court. You may have attended the Fairness Hearing even if you did not file a written objection.


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Southcoast ERISA Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91345
Seattle, WA 98111