ABA SCOTUS Brief Seeks to Preseve Cy Pres Awards for Legal Aid Organizations - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jul 16, 2018
The American Bar Association on Monday filed an amicus brief telling the U.S. Supreme Court that class-action cy pres awards are often appropriate when paid to legal service groups that help provide access to justice, the ABA Journal reports. Cy pres awards — paid to outside groups rather than class-action plaintiffs — provide an average of $15.5 million annually to legal services organizations, according to the ABA brief. A broad ruling imposing constitutional restrictions on cy pres awards would “potentially deprive legal services organizations of critical funding and low-income residents of legal representation,” the brief said.