PRESS RELEASE: Paid content from Business Wire
Press release content from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

ACT, Inc., Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, and Miller Advocacy Group PC Comment on Court’s Preliminary Approval of $16 Million Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit Against ACT for Alleged Violations Related to Certain Students with Disabilities

October 23, 2020 GMT


ACT, Inc., Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, and Miller Advocacy Group PC today release the following joint statement:

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201022006253/en/

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging that ACT, Inc. (“ACT”) disclosed information regarding certain ACT examinees’ disability status to colleges and scholarship organizations on score reports, and denied certain examinees with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in its Educational Opportunity Service. ACT denies any wrongdoing and agrees to this settlement to avoid the costs and inherent uncertainty of protracted litigation.


ACT has agreed not to resume certain practices related to the collection and use of disability information and the process for enrolling in the Educational Opportunity Service that were the basis of this action. In addition, a $16 million settlement fund will be created to compensate certain class members who reside or tested in California for alleged violations of California law, compensate class counsel, and cover the costs of settlement administration.

U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu granted preliminary approval on October 1, 2020. A final fairness hearing has been set for April 1, 2021. More details can be found at www.ACTClassActionSettlement.com

Halie Bloom, et al v. ACT Inc., et al
United States District Court, Central District of California, Western Division
Case No. 2:18-CV-06749-GW-KS

About Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP represents plaintiffs in wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, product liability, mass torts, and business litigation cases. Firm attorneys are repeatedly recognized for their excellence by other trial lawyers, legal organizations and publications nationwide and have dedicated themselves to obtaining justice for clients who are dealing with a life-altering injury, death of a family member or other challenges caused by the wrongful act of another. Honored to be named Personal Injury Law firm of the Year by National Law Journal at the 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers Awards, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP is consistently ranked among the best plaintiff’s law firms in the country, including by U.S. News & World Report, where it is recognized as a ‘Tier One’ law firm -- the highest ranking a firm can receive -- in the areas of Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation, Insurance Law, and Aviation Law. www.psblaw.com


About Miller Advocacy Group PC
Miller Advocacy Group PC is a special education and disability rights law firm whose mission is to improve the access of students with disabilities to post-secondary education and employment. The firm advocates for students who face barriers due to their disabilities, learning differences, or health conditions, and students who have been the victims of bullying or harassment. All attorneys and advocates at the firm are parents of children with disabilities, and they are dedicated to advocating on behalf of students with disabilities and their families for fair access to education, employment, and standardized testing. www.milleradvocacy.com

About ACT, Inc.
ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Grounded in 60 years of research, ACT is a trusted leader in college and career readiness solutions. Each year, ACT serves millions of students, job seekers, schools, government agencies and employers in the US and around the world with learning resources, assessments, research and credentials designed to help them succeed from elementary school through career. To learn more, visit www.act.org.

View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201022006253/en/


Angela Bailey, Plaintiffs’ Counsel


John Wannemacher, ACT, Inc.




SOURCE: Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Copyright Business Wire 2020.

PUB: 10/22/2020 10:46 PM/DISC: 10/22/2020 10:46 PM