Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Padro Class Action Update

Padro v. Astrue is the class action that was filed against Hazel C. Strauss, David Z. Nisnewitz, Michael D. Cofresi, Seymour Fier, and Marilyn P. Hoppenfeld, who are Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) from Queens (the “Queens Five”). The Padro Amended Complaint, which can be downloaded from my web page’s Resources tab, alleged that the Queens Five are biased against claimants in general. 

Among other things today, in connection with the preliminarily approval of the settlement of the class action lawsuit, the Court instructed the parties about changes that are needed for the notice that will be sent to class members. The Court imposed a one week deadline, to 5/1/13, for the submission of all final documents in connection with the settlement.

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