Favorable Recognition by Courts

The standing of Krislov Law in successfully conducting complex and class action litigation has been favorably noted by the courts.  For example, in Ryan v. City of Chicago, No. 83-CH-390 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, Ill.), former Chief Chancery Judge Curry characterized our battle for the integrity of pension fund moneys against the forces of the City and its pension funds, who engaged in the “Mugging of the Good Samaritan” stating:

The petitioner’s [Krislov’s] efforts for and on behalf of the Firemen’s Fund have now spanned nine years.  His energy, persistence and legal scholarship have (1) righted a serious wrong, (2) secured restitution for past misconduct, (3) created a climax which will assure fidelity in transmitting future pension fund tax receipts, (4) delivered a handsome recovery, (5) enhanced that recovery by ferreting out auditing mistakes, (6) secured an award of compound interest, and (7) engaged in collateral litigation so as to protect the benefits gained for the Firemen’s Fund.  Slip Op., December 14, 1992 at 7.

In the Firm's action against Blue Cross's reimbursement lien practice, Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown stated in connection with approval of a $6.95 million settlement, which included changes in Blue Cross's practices prospectively:

I will note for the record that this Court presided over literally a score of settlement conferences in this case, at least nine of which were in person, and I think I counted—I stopped counting at eleven—telephone settlement conferences in this case.  Both sides were represented by able and experienced counsel who have represented parties in class actions of this nature and have made an informed evaluation of the benefits of settlement in light of the risks of litigation and possible recovery.

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I think counsel has certainly earned the fees that are going to be awarded them in this case by the able way they have taken this case on, the fact that in these very difficult and complex issues they were able to assemble law, argument, discovery to support and bring the defendant to the table, and obtain a settlement of this case that benefits the class in this way.  The attorneys’ fees are reasonable and well deserved.

September 30, 2004 Transcript of Final Hearing on Settlement before Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat BrownBrannan v. Health Care Service Corp., No. 00-CV-6884 (N.D. Ill.), coordinated with Coughlin v. HCSC, No. 02-CV-0053 (N.D. Ill.) and Doyle, et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, No. 0 CH 14182 (Cir. Ct. Cook County, Ill.).


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