19. WHEN AND WHERE WILL THE COURT DECIDE WHETHER TO APPROVE THE SETTLEMENT?
The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing at 9:00 a.m. on November 14, 2018, at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse, 50 Walnut Street, Newark, NJ 07101. At the Fairness Hearing, the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and whether to approve the Plan of Distribution and the request for attorneys’ fees, expenses, and Case Contribution Awards. The Court will listen to Direct Purchaser Settlement Class Members who have asked to speak at the hearing. If there are objections or comments, the Court will consider them at that time. After the hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement, the Plan of Distribution, and the request for attorneys’ fees, expenses, and Case Contribution Awards. We do not know how long a decision will take to be made.
Important! The time and date of the Fairness Hearing may change without additional mailed or publication notice. For updated information on the Fairness Hearing, please check back to this Settlement Website.
20. DO I HAVE TO COME TO THE HEARING?
No. Interim DPP Lead Counsel will be prepared to answer any questions the Court may have at the Fairness Hearing. However, you are welcome to attend the hearing at your own expense. If you send an objection, you do not have to come to court to explain. As long as you mailed your written objection on time as set out in the Notice, the Court will consider it. You may also pay another lawyer to attend the hearing, but it is not required.
21. MAY I SPEAK AT THE HEARING?
You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the Fairness Hearing. If you wish to do so, you must file a Notice of Intention to Appear with the Court at the following address by October 2, 2018:
Clerk of Court
Martin Luther King, Jr. Building & U.S. Courthouse
50 Walnut Street
Newark, NJ 07101
You must also mail copies of the Notice of Intention to Appear to the attorneys listed in FAQ 17, no later than October 2, 2018.
Your Notice of Intention to Appear must include (i) the case caption, In Re: Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litigation, Civil Action No. 16-md-2687 (JLL) (JAD); (ii) your name, address, and telephone number, and (iii) personal information for other people (including lawyers) who want to speak at the hearing.