Jeff Lognion vs City of Lake Charles, et al
Docket No: 2003-006056
14TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT IN THE PARISH OF CALCASIEU, LOUISIANA
A state court authorized this legal notice. This is NOT a solicitation from a lawyer.
Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act, so please read this notice carefully.
A Court authorized this legal notice because you have a right to know about a class action lawsuit that has been instituted and about all of your legal options regarding participation in the lawsuit. This notice explains the lawsuit and your legal rights.
You may be a Class Member if you received this notice in the mail. Class members may include those of you who were employees of the City of Lake Charles who were at any time between September 19, 2000, and April 4, 2004, 11:59p.m., employed full-time by the City as permanent, classified Civil Service, commissioned law enforcement officers in the City of Lake Charles Police Department, whose salaries in that capacity were determined in accordance with the City of Lake Charles Police Department Civil Service Minimum Salary Schedules, and whose separate City monthly payments terminated upon receipt of State supplemental pay.
Pursuant to La. R.S. 33:2218 et seq., Class Members received supplemental monthly compensation from the State of Louisiana. Under Louisiana law, some full-time municipal law enforcement officers who have completed (1) year of service and who are post-certified are entitled to supplemental monthly compensation. This lawsuit alleges that in violation of state law, the City of Lake Charles reduced the portion it contributed to each class member's pay by the amount each officer received in State supplemental pay. The lawsuit seeks wages and all other employment benefits which Class Members are entitled to because of the City's allegedly illegal pay plans and pay scales. The Class will be represented by a Class Representative (named Plaintiff in this lawsuit), whose name may be obtained from the Policeman's Class Counsel, John M. Jefcoat, via the contact information listed below.
POSITION OF THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES
Certification of the Class by the Court is not a final determination that Class members are entitled to any payments, and the City has denied it is liable to the Class members for such payments.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS LITIGATION|
If you have received by mail THIS Legal Notice Summary, addressed to you, and if you are eligible by the Class Definition you may be a Class Member. If you wish to remain a Member of the Class then NO ACTION is necessary at this time.
If you chose to exclude yourself, you will not get any payment from any settlement or judgment arising from this lawsuit. This option allows you to be part of any other separate lawsuit against the defendants regarding the legal claims defined herein.
If you are not a member of the Class, as defined above, and you do nothing, the Court's decision on this litigation will not prevent you from retaining an attorney at your expense to protect your rights or from pursing any other legal action against the City. If you are a member of the Class, as defined above, and do nothing, you will be bound by the Court's decisions and rulings.
WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER OPTIONS?
If you do not want to be legally bound by this court action, you must exclude yourself by June 30, 2011. To exclude yourself, you must mail an exclusion, by First Class Mail, postmarked no later than June 30, 2011, a letter stating for example, "I hereby request that I be excluded from the Lake Charles City Policeman's Class Action Litigation." You must indicate your name, address, telephone number, and your signature. The letter must be sent to:
Police Officer's Exclusions
P.O. Box 61550
Lafayette, LA 70596-1550
If you are a class member and you do not exclude yourself, you will not be able to sue, or continue to sue, other than through this class lawsuit, the City of Lake Charles about the claims defined in this litigation and any judgment in the class action will include you. This Legal Notice explains how to exclude yourself. Class Members may be required to take further action as the Court deems necessary. To learn more, call the number below, go to the website listed below, or write to Policemen's Class Counsel, John M. Jefcoat, Galloway Jefcoat L.L.P. at P.O. Box 61550, Lafayette, Louisiana 70596-1550.
The rights and options - and the deadlines to exercise them - are explained in this notice.
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