August 14, 2023, Update - Class Members Living on Maui:
As the tragic consequences of the Maui fire are becoming clearer, adjustments in the claims process may be made to meet the needs of Class Members and heirs of Class Members affected by the disaster at the earliest date possible after September 1, 2023. If you are a Class Member or representative of an estate of a deceased Class Member or representative who has received Notice #3 stating that you or the estate have a valid claim and you or a potential heir have been directly affected by the Lahaina fire resulting in a change of your or the heir’s current address, please contact the Claims Administrator to update your or the potential heir’s contact information as soon as possible.
If you are a Class Member, please update your address by filling out an Information Request Form here.
If you are a potential heir, please update your address by filling out a Deceased Class Member Information Request Form here.
You may also send the updated information to info@Kalima-Lawsuit.com, or call 1-808-650-5551 or 1-833-639-1308 (Toll-Free). Please update contact information only if you are a Class Member or a potential heir and have been directly affected by the Lahaina fire resulting in a change of your or the heir’s current address.
If you are not directly affected by the Maui fire but are in contact with a Class Member who is affected, please encourage them to provide the Claims Administrator with any updated contact information.
For those Class Members, representatives and heirs who have been affected by this disaster, please know that our thoughts are with you, your ohana, and community.
August 4, 2023, Update:
Final Approval Order Signed
On Tuesday, August 1, 2023, First Circuit Judge Lisa W. Cataldo signed the Order Granting Final Approval and for Attorneys Fee and Judgment for the Kalima v. State of Hawai‘i Settlement. The appeal deadline for the Order and Judgment is August 31, 2023.
Please check this settlement website after September 1, 2023, to determine whether an appeal has been filed.
Settlement Payments for Living Class Members
Settlement checks to living class members are expected to mail in late September, 2023.
Payments of $25,000 or less being sent to a post office box or street address will be made by regular mail. Payments of $25,000 or more being sent to a post office box will be sent USPS Priority Mail. For increased security, payments over $25,000 being mailed to a street address will be sent by USPS Priority Mail and will require recipients to sign for receipt.
Settlement Payments for Deceased Class Members
The Court has approved a process for the distribution of settlement proceeds to the heirs and devisees of Deceased Class Members. Heirs and devisees do not need to hire separate private attorneys to help with the probate process but may do so at their own cost. If you chose to hire your own counsel, please notify the Claims Administrator of this no later than December 1, 2023.
Relatives and Heirs – Deceased Class Members Information Forms
It is essential to have complete information regarding the heirs and devisees of Deceased Class Members. Distributions to heirs cannot be made without this information. If you have not already done so, please complete and submit a Deceased Class Member Information Request Form as soon as possible. Please read pages 5-6 of the Third Notice carefully for more information about probate.
September 12, 2023 Attorney Talk Story – Probate and Financial Literacy
The September 12, 2023 Attorney Talk Story will focus on probate matters and will be hosted by Probate Special Master Emily Kawashima and Probate Special Counsel Scott Suzuki. There will also be a short presentation about financial literacy issues by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA).
July 21, 2023 Update:
Final Approval Hearing – July 21, 2023
First Circuit Judge Lisa W. Cataldo approved Plaintiffs Motions for Final Approval of the Settlement Agreement and for Fees on July 21, 2023. The Court ruled that the $328 million settlement was fair, reasonable and adequate that that attorneys’ fees of 12.19% of the settlement ($40 million) fairly compensated class counsel.
About 50 people attended the hearing and 120 attended by Zoom. There were 577 letters of support from Class Members and family members and 6 written objections field to individual claim amounts. The Court denied these objections. There were no objections that the settlement was not fair, reasonable and adequate.
Five Class Members made statements in support of the settlement and the fees: Ralph Vierra for his mother, Irene Cordeiro-Vierra; Kealoha (Ralph) Kelekolio; Class Representatives Diane Boner, Leona Kalima and Raynette Ah Chong, for her father Joseph Ching.
Settlement Special Master Judge Michael Broderick also made a statement to the Court.
Please do not call the Judge, the Clerk of the Court, or the State of Hawai‘i about this notice. They will not be able to give you advice about this case. If you have questions, please contact the Claims Administrator at 1-808-650-5551 or 1-833-639-1308 (Toll-Free) or via email to info@Kalima-Lawsuit.com .
Thank you for your continued patience and kōkua.