PROPOSED SETTLEMENT IN RICHARD C. v. PROUD, 12 Cv 5942 (S.D.N.Y.) Hundreds of Thousands of NYS Food Stamps Recipients May Benefit Fairness Hearing Scheduled for June 13, 2013.

A proposed settlement agreement has been reached in Richard C. v. Proud, a federal SNAP statewide class action against the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) was formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

The case contains two separate classes:

  1. “Class A” challenges the State's failure to timely issue fair hearing decisions in SNAP-only cases.
  2. “Class B” challenges the state’s failure to advise individuals facing SNAP employment sanctions about what they can do to avoid imposition of the sanctions. Under federal rules, individuals who fail to comply with SNAP employment requirements can stop a sanction from going into effect by complying before the effective date of the proposed sanction.

On April 13, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted preliminary approval to this settlement agreement and set the matter down for a fairness hearing on June 13, 2013. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 SNAP employment sanctions were improperly imposed during the time period at issue.

If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact class counsel.

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