Barham, et al., v. Ramsey, et al.
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Barham, et al., v. Ramsey, et al.,
Case No. 02- CV-02283


A Settlement involving claims against the Federal Government has been proposed in the class action lawsuit about the illegality of the arrests of approximately 400 protesters and others in Pershing Park on Friday, September 27, 2002 in Washington, D.C.

Previously, a Settlement occurred involving claims against the District of Columbia defendants. The deadline for participating in that Settlement expired in 2010. However, claims against the Federal Defendants were not at that time settled and remained pending. The proposed Settlement with the Federal Government will dispose of these remaining claims.

The Class is "all persons who were arrested in Pershing Park in the District of Columbia on September 27, 2002," excepting those who have previously been excluded or opted-out. There were protest-related arrests elsewhere on September 27, 2002 that are the subject of other suits. This Settlement pertains only to the Pershing Park arrests.

The approved Settlement will provide up to $5,000 per Class Member in compensation. Attorneys fees will be paid separately and will not be deducted from this amount. The total monetary component of the Proposed Settlement Agreement is $2,208,000. Annulment of arrest records previously was ordered for all those subject to the underlying arrest. In this proposed Settlement, the U.S. Park Police have agreed to substantial equitable relief and/or restrictions on police conduct to prevent recurrence.

If you previously filed a timely and eligible Claim in the District of Columbia Settlement (i.e., you received compensation as part of that Settlement), you are automatically eligible for the Proposed Settlement with the Federal Defendants. You do not need to re-submit a Proof of Claim form or take additional action to participate. Call 1-877-678-0736 to update your mailing address, if necessary, to receive your payment.


To submit a Proof of Claim Form Deadline: June 15, 2015 If you previously filed a timely and eligible Claim in the earlier District of Columbia Settlement, you do not need to file a new Proof of Claim form. However, if you are a Class Member who did not file a timely and eligible Claim in the District of Columbia Settlement, the only way to get a payment in the Settlement with the Federal Defendants is to file a Proof of Claim form
To exclude yourself Deadline: June 15, 2015 To exclude yourself or “opt out” of this Settlement. You will receive no payment if you exercise this option. If you previously or already excluded yourself from this lawsuit, you do not need to do so again. Instructions on how to exclude yourself are contained in the Full Notice of Class Action Settlement
To object Deadline: June 15, 2015 Write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement. Instructions on how to object are contained in the Full Notice of Class Action Settlement
Go to a hearing Court Fairness Hearing: June 22, 2015