Q: I agreed to a class action settlement. My lawyer has not been in contact with me since I signed settlement 5 month ago.
I agreed to a settlement from a class action lawsuit and have not heard back about distribution of settlement. I have emailed multiple times with no response. They have a secondary call center that told me they have been paid for my settlement, but do not know when I will receive my money. Can they just keep my settlement? What can I do to get my settlement/contact with my lawyer? At what point of time do I need to get another attorney involved? They are a large tort law firm.
A: Your attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. Without seeing the file, it's difficult to say what could be causing the delays. As a general note, large class action suits can be complex and they could involve settlement of fees for experts or other outside services before funds are disbursed to plaintiffs. In terms of getting another attorney, that's an individual choice, but if there are administrative issues, liens, or other factors delaying the determination of a figure for plaintiffs, paying for another attorney to enter the mix might not necessarily speed things up. First try to find out from your attorney. Good luck
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