I’ve been attempting to provide updates as to the status of a possible settlement with the Heller Ehrman LLP estate and the Class Action suit but despite my best efforts, communication seems to be a one-way street as of late.
I just want to say that I am as frustrated as the next ex-Hellerite with the lack of information available especially from Blum Collins which is purporting to represent the best interests of the ex-Heller employees. I think it is time that I call them out on their recent behavior.
First, ever since the supposed settlement in late October, the lines of communication seem to have shut down. Now, granted, it may have been due to confidentiality issues related to the settlement but even emailing Blum Collins and asking for an update would be met with silence.
In early January, I and several of the named plainitiffs told Blum Collins that we were not happy with the level of communication and we basically “called them out” on it in private. Despite our best efforts, what appears to be stone-walling continues.
At this point, I really can’t offer much for this site to readers who email me and ask, “what’s going on with the Heller situation?” I no longer have a PACER connection (someone who could check the docket every few days and send me the filings) but if someone would like to step in I’d appreciate it. I think we seem to be left to our own devices for getting information.
Why does this matter? Here’s why:
- I’ve heard from several ex-Hellerites who are desperate for money to the point where they want to settle individually with the Heller Ehrman LLP estate. I really don’t blame them.
- How would you feel if you worked closely with a firm for several months – even to the derision of your former colleagues who said we didn’t need someone to represent us – and once a settlement was announced (with a big fat attorneys fee included), you can’t even get a response to an email?
- The longer there is silence – especially here on the blog – the more folks think this process has stalled or even worse just imploded like Heller did. People forget. The go on with their lives. They figure they’ll never get the wages and monies that were taken from them.
For all the times that Blum Collins has told me that this blog is a great idea in terms of communication, I keep telling myself, “they just don’t get it.” Having a blog is one thing. Using a blog effectively is another. I signed on with a firm that wants a big chunk of money. For what? So I can scramble to get my own info about the status of court proceedings?
At this point, I am not willing to support the current settlement or the representation of Blum Collins any further. I can’t speak for you as a former ex-Hellerite – each person needs to make their own decision. You’d think I’d have learned with the Heller implosion not to bend over and get f*cked by attorneys or to trust them again. I guess I was stupid twice. Not a third time however.
I’ll probably end up settling for much less than I had expected but I’ve moved on with my life. I have a new career in a new field with my own company. I need to keep looking at the glass as half-full but not in a Pollyanna manner. I don’t have time or resources to waste especially when I feel like I am talking to a wall.
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So there you have it. I’d appreciate readers’ thoughts in the Comments section.
Over and out.
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