About Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.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 of cy pres is now being used to distribute the unclaimed money to charities and non profits.
Over $24 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.
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. has been a member of the legal and business community in Northeastern Ohio since 1959. In its second century of practice, Dworken & Bernstein has a reputation of focusing on its clients but also the community.
As a leader in plaintiff class action litigation, Dworken & Bernstein is seeking to redefine what a class action can accomplish for the community. Historically, when a class action is settled and the plaintiff and defendant agree to a fund amount to pay all class members, a significant portion of that fund goes unclaimed and reverts to the defendant. Dworken & Bernstein has successfully used the cy pres doctrine to insure that a reasonable portion of the unclaimed settlement fund is distributed to charity.
These cy pres awards have a tremendous, life-saving impact on non-profit organizations and the people and communities they serve.
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. Website:
Ohio Lawyers Give BackLake County, Ohio Location: 60 South Park Place Painesville, Ohio 44077
Cuyahoga County Location: 55 Public Square Suite 950 Cleveland, Ohio 44113
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