Preliminary Approval Phase Of Litigation

This page describes in detail the Preliminary Approval phase of litigation in your case. Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional inquiries.

Timeline For Preliminary Approval

The Preliminary Approval phase can take as long as approximately 2-6 months.

Preliminary Approval

When a class action is settled, the parties agree to the settlement terms by executing a settlement agreement. Then, the settlement agreement must be approved by the court. The judge in the case must agree that the terms of the settlement are fair, reasonable and adequate to the class members. Plaintiff’s attorneys (Crosner Legal) drafts a motion for preliminary approval and supporting papers, explaining to the judge in detail why the settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. The supporting documents include a declaration from you, the class representative, in support of the settlement, and in support of the class representative enhancement award being requested on your behalf. 

Preliminary approval is the first step in the settlement approval process. After filing our motion, there will be a hearing date with the court to decide if the settlement is approved. Typically, the court will either approve the settlement on the date of the hearing, or request some revisions/clarifications to the settlement and reset the hearing date for a weeks from then. 

When the court preliminarily approves the settlement, then shortly thereafter notices of the settlement will be mailed by the third-party settlement administrator to all of the class members informing them of the settlement. The class members will be provided with 45 days to opt-out of the settlement if they so choose. Once that 45-day period has elapsed, we must go back to court for final approval and provide the court with the number of class members who decided to opt-out, as well as other information. 

For more detailed updates, please contact James Reid with our Law Firm at the below information:

  • To Text or Call: (323) 686-2096  
  • To Email:

Lastly, it is imperative that you keep us informed if you change your contact information, including either phone number, email address or residence address. You will receive a text message and email from us every 60-90 days reminding you to provide us with any changes to this information. Please fill out the form in the text and/or email we send if you change your contact information. In the alternative, you may text or call at the above contact information to provide your updated contact information.