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    WHAT IS CY PRES?

    Over $25 million given to charities using cy pres

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    Over $25 million given to charities using cy pres

About Ohio Lawyers Give Back

About Ohio Lawyers Give Back

Learn more about how Ohio Lawyers Give Back and its mission to distribute cy pres proceeds to those in need.

About Dworken & Bernstein

About Dworken & Bernstein

As the largest law firm in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties, this law firm is about more than just practicing law.

What is Cy Pres?

What is Cy Pres?

Millions of dollars are given away to charities under this little understood legal doctrine.

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Suggest a Charity

Your organization may be eligible for recipient funds. Find out more here.

News and Media

News and Media

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Contact Us

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FEATURED RECIPIENT CHARITIES

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How Law Firms Can Help

How Law Firms Can Help

OLGB will work for no charge with any attorney or firm to reach settlements which include a cy pres provision.

Events

Events

Since 2002, over $25 million has been distributed at one of our gala events. Click here to view some photo's of the many recipient charities.

FAQ's

FAQ's

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Over $25 million distributed to charities using cy pres.


Ohio Lawyers Give Back was founded by Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. to promote the use of cy pres in class action settlements. When a class action is settled, plaintiff and defendant agree to a fund amount to pay all class members. Since many class members have moved, passed-away, or can’t be found, millions of settlement dollars go unclaimed. That settlement money is intended to benefit the class—rather than revert to the wrongdoing defendant—so the ancient doctrine is now being used to distribute the unclaimed money to charities and non profits.

Cy pres has been around for centuries, but its use in class actions has not been widespread. That may be because it does not increase the attorney fees which the class counsel receives if they use it and instead requires much more time to resolve the case. It may also be because judges or parties are not familiar with it. Regardless, even limited use of the doctrine has recently provided millions of dollars to charities. This money has saved key charities or their main programs from closing in many cities.

Over $25 million dollars has already been distributed, just by the sponsors, a single law firm. If cy pres were used more broadly, hundreds of millions of dollars each year would be available to help charities, non-profits, and the communities where we live. This website is dedicated to advancing the use of cy pres in all class action settlements where a large pool of unclaimed settlement funds is expected.