If Atlantic Ambulance Corporation's Advanced Life Support ("ALS") units responded or provided any services between January 1, 2007 and January 31, 2018, and you are not insured by Medicare or Medicaid, you may be entitled to share in the proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit.
On March 29, 2019, the Court entered an order granting final approval to the settlement. A copy of the Final Approval Order is available on the Important Documents page.
What is the Settlement about?
On January 2, 2019, the Court preliminarily approved a Settlement Agreement and Release (the “Settlement Agreement”) between Plaintiff Atlantic Ambulance Corporation (“Atlantic Ambulance”) and Defendants/Counterclaimants John G. Cullum, Mary Clare Cullum, Hala Hitti and Antoine Hitti (“Counterclaimants”) (Atlantic Ambulance and Counterclaimants collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”), settling this Action, upon certain terms and conditions. Counterclaimants alleged that Atlantic Ambulance perpetrated a violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, as well as certain common law claims, by overcharging Counterclaimants and others similarly situated. Atlantic Ambulance denies the substantive allegations and any wrongdoing or liability, but concedes that certain individuals were billed $14.00 for one mile of transportation that Atlantic Ambulance did not provide and that, in certain circumstances, those patients should not have been billed that $14.00.
The Court has not expressed an opinion as to the merits of the respective claims or defenses as to issues of liability or damages. The Settlement is not, and shall not be, construed as an admission by Atlantic Ambulance of any damage to the members of the Class, or any wrongdoing or liability on the part of Atlantic Ambulance. Atlantic Ambulance desires to avoid the time, inconvenience and expense of litigation, and desires to resolve all claims that were or could have been asserted in this Action or arising from this matter.
Who is included?
The Settlement Class consists of all Persons to whom Atlantic Ambulance’s Advanced Life Support (“ALS”) units responded or provided any services between January 1, 2007 and January 31, 2018, but not including Medicare or Medicaid patients. The Settlement Sub-Class consists of members of the Settlement Class who paid $14.00 for one mile of transportation that was not provided.
What does the Settlement provide?
Atlantic Ambulance has agreed to pay a settlement amount of $130,000.00 (the “Settlement Amount”). The Settlement Amount will be allocated as follows:
Members of the Settlement Sub-Class will receive a cash distribution of their pro rata share of what remains of the Settlement Amount after the following expenditures: (i) the Court’s award to Counterclaimants’ Counsel of fees and costs of the litigation; (ii) any incentive awards the Court authorizes to the individual Counterclaimants for their services to the Class; and (iii) the costs of administration of the Settlement, including the preparation, mailing and publication of notice as ordered by the Court.