We’d like to share an important update to the 60s Scoop claims process. While COVID-19 is not yet behind us, over the past months, the Administrator has adjusted operations to adapt to the prolonged pandemic crisis. Therefore, we are reinstating deadlines for the 60s Scoop claims process starting in March.
What does this mean for claimants?
Reinstating all deadlines means applicants who need to provide more information about their claim will be given a deadline to respond. It will also be possible to resume denying ineligible applications.
Meanwhile, we will continue to actively review, assess, and approve applications as appropriate. This means any newly approved Eligible Class Members will be notified, and interim payments will be issued.
Because everyone’s situation is unique, different people will have different deadlines, and—for some people—the reinstatement of deadlines will have no impact at all.
Throughout the months of March and April, we will begin contacting people directly in writing to let them know what actions they need to take by what date. Some people may also receive official notices that their claim is ineligible.
If you do not receive a letter, do not worry, and there is no need to call the Administrator. If we need any additional information from you, we will be in touch directly.
What does this mean for the claims process?
Resuming deadlines is an important step toward getting all Eligible Class Members the compensation they are owed and providing closure to applicants. While it is difficult to predict exactly when the claims process will conclude, the reinstatement of deadlines and the denial of ineligible applications will help the process move faster.
Will COVID-19 shutdowns impact how Claims are treated?
If claimants have any concerns about how a COVID-19 related shutdown may impact your claim, we encourage them to please reach out to Class Counsel or the Administrator for guidance.
What help is available to me?
We want to remind you that Class Counsel is available to assist you if you need help providing more information for your application or have received an “Official Notice of Rejection” and want your application to be reconsidered.
Applicants have a right to legal counsel and advice throughout the claims process. This support is already paid for under the settlement agreement and is available to you at no cost. You can find contact information for your legal team on our website.
We understand that waiting to hear about your application takes a real emotional toll and a great deal of strength. We are committed and continuously striving to keep you informed as we move this process forward in as timely a way as possible.
For more information and answers to questions about the reinstatement of deadlines, please visit our FAQ