Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, New York state's attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit said Tuesday. (July 1)
ANGELA REDDOCK-WRIGHT: In this lawsuit, we have several women who, through their attorneys, have banded together to pursue a class action against Harvey Weinstein based on allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault over many years.
And the class went through a process, a litigation process. And often during the litigation, there is an opportunity to go to mediation or try to mediate a resolution to claims. And so in this instance, the class, through their attorneys, have mediated the claims through an independent and neutral mediator and have reached a settlement.
Absent evidence that there was some type of wrongdoing or, you know, working behind the scenes to disadvantage the members of the class, the courts will trust the attorneys and the mediator involved, that if they present a settlement and say this was negotiated, and after long, arduous hours of reaching a resolution, absent any evidence of wrongdoing, the court is likely to approve the settlement.
The challenge becomes with the individual members of the class approving the settlement. Because often, although a settlement in whole or in large is a substantial number, when you break that down by individual class members, some may not feel like that number is-- you know, because they have to pay their attorney fees and costs and so forth.
All that's taken out of the settlement. So they may not feel that the individual number that they're receiving is fair and equitable and, you know, sufficient for what they believe they've gone through.