OOIDA v. C.R. England update: more progress in court-ordered accounting

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | Friday, August 17, 2012

OOIDA’s attorney David A. Cohen of The Cullen Law Firm in Washington, DC, said recently that the case of OOIDA v. C.R. England is “chugging along.” Although the federal court in Salt Lake City ruled six years ago in OOIDA’s favor, a complicated accounting process ordered by the court has kept the landmark truth-in-leasing case high on the Association’s active list of class action lawsuits.

In 2006, C.R. England was found liable for unlawfully keeping escrow funds. The Utah-based mega carrier was ordered to account for every penny of every escrow fund. After several years of accounting, the project is nearly accomplished.

“We have been able to reach ‘actual damages’ stipulations for approximately 85 percent of the class members participating in the equitable accounting,” said Cohen.

Cohen said the next major event is a status conference before U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart scheduled for Sept. 20 in Salt Lake City.

“The court is likely to set a schedule for the adjudication of any remaining contested claims,” he said. “The judge is also likely to set deadlines for the parties to wrap up the case, meaning enter final judgment.”

Cohen said OOIDA and its attorneys will push to have final judgment entered by Dec. 31 of this year.

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