On December 7, 2018,the court approved a proposed class action settlement in the lawsuit, captioned Hockfield & Kasher, PA v. Star Med, LLC, Docket No.: CAM-L-813-17. The case was filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Camden County, on behalf of all New Jersey law firms and patients who paid Star Med, LLC for the production of medical records in electronic format. The Complaint alleged that the fees charged by Star Med, LLC exceeded the limits set forth in N.J.A.C. 8:43G-15.3(d). Star Med, LLC denies any wrongdoing and denies the claims and allegations asserted in the Complaint. The parties nevertheless have agreed to settle the lawsuit.
The proposed settlement provides that class members who submit a valid timely claim can receive for each qualifying request for medical records $0.50 per page for the first 100 pages of documents produced by Star Med, LLC via electronic means, with a cap of $50.00 per qualifying request for medical records. Each class member can recover on up to five (5) qualifying requests for medical records that resulted in the production of medical records by Star Med, LLC via electronic means, with a total claim cap per class member of $250.00. All claims are subject to a settlement cap of $50,000.00. If the total amount of valid claims by class members exceeds $50,000.00, valid claims shall be paid on a pro rata basis. Star Med LLC has also agreed to separately pay an incentive award to the named plaintiff and an award of attorney’s fees and costs to class counsel, subject to Court approval. These payments shall not come from the class settlement funds and, instead will be paid separately by to Star Med LLC. Thus, these amounts will not reduce the recovery of any class member.