SMITH v. PROUD CLASS ACTION UDATE
We are pleased to report that on March 26, 2019 Judge Billings gave final approval to the proposed settlement. Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society are taking the necessary steps to have the proper papers filed so that the one-time payments can be issued to the EBT cards of eligible class members as soon as possible. Barring any complications, we anticipate that payments will be issued to eligible individuals’ EBT cards sometime in May. Letters explaining the one-time payment will be issued at about the same time.
In order to eligible for a payment, class members must have an active cash public assistance case, and must have been issued pre-sanction notices by HRA between July 8, 2007 and December 22, 2015. You are not eligible to receive a payment if your cash public assistance case is closed or if the sanction was previously favorably resolved – for example if you won a Fair Hearing.
The amount of the payments to be issued will differ from person to person. The amount depends on which of two Conciliation Notices you were issued, whether you kept the conciliation appointment, the number of people on your public assistance case at the time of the sanction, and the minimum required length of the sanction.
If you have other questions about the Smith v. Proud class action settlement, please email class counsel at SmithClass@legal-aid.org or send us a letter addressed to Smith Class Counsel, The Legal Aid Society, 111 Livingston Street – 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.