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Michael J. Cefalo, Esq.George G. Oschal, III, Esq.Karl J. Kwak, Esq.Linda L. Bartlett, Esq.James J. Albert, Esq.Joseph J. Shields, Esq.Shayne J. McGrady, Esq.Peter J. Biscontini, Esq.
Michael J. Cefalo, Esq.George G. Oschal, III, Esq.Karl J. Kwak, Esq.Linda L. Bartlett, Esq.James J. Albert, Esq.Joseph J. Shields, Esq.Shayne J. McGrady, Esq.Peter J. Biscontini, Esq.
 

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Judge Caputo Gives Preliminary Approval to Proposed Settlement

On November 28, 2013 Judge Caputo issued an order conditionally certifying the settlement class and preliminarily approving the proposed settlement with defendants PA Child Care, LLC, Western PA Child Care, LLC, and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp.

Proof of Claim forms and Authorizations must be received by the Claims Committee on or before January 21, 2014.

If you are represented by Cefalo & Associates or Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy, please also confirm your current contact information with our office by email to: lklee@cefaloandassociates.com

The case against the remaining defendants, including former Judges Ciavarella and Conahan and Robert Powell will continue.

 

 

Cefalo & Associates

                                      Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy

                                                Announce Partial Settlement

                                         in Luzerne County Juvenile Litigation


Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy and Cefalo and Associates have announced that a partial settlement with a second set of defendants has been reached in the Luzerne County juvenile-court civil litigation. The settlement, which must receive court approval, is between defendants PA Child Care, LLC, Western PA Child Care, LLC, and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp., and counsel representing the plaintiff juveniles and parents of juveniles who appeared before former juvenile court judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr.  The civil lawsuit is continuing against, among others, the former judges.

 

Representing the juveniles and parents since early 2009, Caroselli Beachler attorneys William R. Caroselli, David S. Senoff and Lauren C. Fantini are co-counsel with Cefalo and Associates and its attorneys Michael J. Cefalo and James Albert. 

 

PA Child Care, LLC; Western PA Child Care, LLC; and Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp., owners and operators of juvenile detention centers in Pittston, Luzerne County, and Emlenton, Butler County (also identified in this litigation as the Provider Defendants) have agreed to settle claims brought by juveniles who appeared before former Luzerne County Juvenile Court Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., as well as parents of those juveniles (who were not fully reimbursed in a prior settlement with other defendants earlier in this civil lawsuit), for $2,500,000.  By settling these claims, the Provider Defendants do not admit to any wrongdoing, liability, or breach of duty. 


 

The juveniles and parents who participate in this settlement acknowledge that the Provider Parties have never been accused of failing to provide services that they were contracted to provide to any juvenile included in the juvenile settlement class.  They also acknowledge, by settling their claims, that any claims regarding the juveniles’ care and treatment while detained in or placed at PA Child Care’s facility in Pittston, Luzerne County, or Western PA Child Care’s facility in Emlenton, Butler County are withdrawn. 


 The proposed settlement will be filed with the Court and must be approved before its terms are final.  If the Court approves the settlement, the Provider Defendants will be released from any further liability to the settling parties.  The civil lawsuit will continue against the former Luzerne County judges Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan, as well as against Robert Powell and his company Vision Holdings.