The Florida Bar Foundation
Acknowledges Cy Pres Awards
We are extremely grateful to the following attorneys who have obtained court approval for cy pres awards in their class actions to be directed to The Florida Bar Foundation, knowing that our work will indirectly, but substantially, serve the class and the public interest.
National Cash Advance/Advance America/Cash Advance Centers of Florida, etc. Litigation
E. Clayton Yates of Fee, Yates & Fee, PLLC, Ft. Pierce
Diana Martin and Theodore J. Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, Palm Beach Gardens
Sean Estes of Hoyer Law Group, PLLC, Tampa
F. Paul Bland Jr. of Public Justice in Washington, D.C.
Richard A. Fisher of Richard Fisher Law Office, Tennessee
Robert W. Murphy
Lynn Phillips v. TD Bank, N.A.
Murphy Law Firm
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Liberty Refund Anticipation Loan Litigation
Carney Bates & Pulliam PLLC
Golomb & Honik PC
Jonathan B. Cohen, Rachel Soffin, John Yanchunis
Swift v. Bank of America
Morgan & Morgan
Jeffrey Liggio, Philip M. Burlington, Scott Johni, Erin Whittemore Lohmiller, Kent G. Whittemore, Geoff Stahl
Williams vs. Heritage Operating, L.P.
Burlington & Rockenback, P.A.
The Law Office of Scott Johni, P.A.
The Whittemore Law Group, P.A.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Valorie S. Chavin, Edward Zebersky, Michael J. Higer
Zebersky Payne LLP
Chavin | Mitchell | Shmuely
Berger Singerman LLP
Morgan & Morgan, Complex Litigation Group
James Hoyer Newcomer & Smiljanich
Gray Robinson, P.A.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cy pres awards are funds from class action cases in which full restitution to all injured parties is either impossible or infeasible, such as when the amount of damage per person is insignificant even though the aggregate damages are large. It can also be employed in probate matters when gifts fail, or in the area of charitable trusts.
Under cy pres, the courts can approve a charitable donation out of unclaimed class action funds, or a direct grant in lieu of damages to an organization that could vindicate class member rights in the future.