Dan McKibben, et al. v. John McMahon, et al.
Alternative Lifestyle Tank ("ALT") Settlement
Case No. 14-2171-JGB-SP

Welcome to the Alternative Lifestyle Tank ("ALT") Settlement Website

If you were housed in the Alternative Lifestyle Tank (hereafter “ALT”) of the West Valley Detention Center (a San Bernardino County jail) between October 22, 2012 and March 31, 2018, you may be entitled to receive money.

What is this lawsuit about?

There is currently pending a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court, Central District of California. The class action lawsuit, filed in 2014, challenged the treatment of gay, bisexual and transgender inmates who were housed in the Alternative Lifestyle Tank (or "ALT") of the West Valley Detention Center (a San Bernardino County jail).  A preliminary settlement has been reached that calls for both modifying what Plaintiffs alleged was discriminatory treatment, and providing a compensation fund.

Who is included?

If you were housed in the ALT between October 22, 2012 and March 31, 2018, you may be a Damages Class Member entitled to receive money. The extent of your compensation is based on a formula that weighs various conditions that applied to ALT residents. It is described further on the FAQs page. Whether you are a class member is determined solely from the records of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

The average recovery exceeds $1,000 even if all class members file claims (but varies greatly based on time in custody and other factors addressing the degree of discriminatory treatment). In order to receive any money in this Settlement, you must fill out and mail a Claim Form, which is available on the Important Documents page.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM In order to receive any money in this Settlement, you must fill out and mail a Claim Form. Your Claim Form must be postmarked or received by the Administrator no later than January 7, 2019.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF If you exclude yourself, you will not be entitled to get any money from the Settlement, and you cannot object to the Settlement. Nor will you be legally bound by anything that happens in this lawsuit. If you wish to “opt out,” or be excluded from the Settlement, your opt-out letter must be postmarked or received by the Administrator by January 7, 2019.
OBJECT You can object to the Settlement if you do not like any part of it, or you may object to the request for attorneys’ fees. You must mail your objections and any supporting papers by First-Class mail, postmarked no later than January 7, 2019, to the Court and counsel
GO TO THE HEARING Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. The Court has scheduled the Fairness Hearing for February 11, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. (PST).
DO NOTHING You won’t get a share of the Settlement benefits and will give up your rights to sue the Defendants about the claims in this case.
For more information about the Settlement and how it affects you, please visit the Important Documents and FAQs pages of this website.

For More Information

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Mail

ALT Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91307
Seattle, WA 98111