As a class member, you are represented by the ACLU of Southern California and the law firm, Kaye, McLane, Bednarski and Litt. These are the lawyers who have been handling the lawsuit for the past five years. They are referred to as “Class Counsel” and were appointed by the Court to represent the class.
You will not be asked to pay your own personal money for the services these attorneys have provided you. Instead, the lawyers will be paid separately by San Bernardino County, after approval by the Court. Class counsel will ask the court to award Class Counsel $1,100,000. The Court can award less than that amount, but not more.
It is your right to hire your own lawyer to advise you about your rights, options or obligations as a Class Member in this lawsuit. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.