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Ohio Lawyers Give Back

We wanted to take a moment to make you aware of a great charitable venture going on in Northeast Ohio.

We’ve all heard of class action lawsuits being settled for tens and sometimes hundreds of millions of dollars to be split amongst very large groups of people. Have you ever wondered how they managed to actually track down all of those people due to be compensated.

The answer is that often times, they can’t. And, unfortunately, if the awardees cannot be tracked down, that money often goes straight back to the defendant.

Using an ancient legal doctrine known as cy pres, those monies can still be put to good use instead of being returned to the organization which was being punished in the first place.  

Ohio Lawyers Giving Back, created by the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co. L.P.A., has used this idea to donate over $16 million to charitable causes so far. You can read about the latest donations here.

Members of the Ohio legal community that are interested in “giving back” can find out how to get involved at the Ohio Lawyers Giving Back Web site.

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