Important Eric Conn fiasco update-Aware that some of the affected 1500 have received letters that their cases have been referred for hearings. The problem is that finding representation for so many, of potentially complex cases, with the prospect that attorneys cannot be compensated is a daunting task.
The way we have been addressing this is that Legal Aid in Prestonsburg and other legal aid groups have been assembling a list of those who desire representation. Feel free to contact other counsel. Also, if your claim for benefits is not justified, we will not assist you. Don’t ask.
On August 10th the Federal Court has scheduled a conference as to our class action injunction motion that there be no hearings until the Social Security Administration can certify that the hearing process is fair. It is possible that the Federal Court might delay, or stop the hearings from occurring.
It’s complicated, but we do not believe the SSA has the right under their own regulations to commence with 1500 reevaluation hearings, when there is no evidence the recipients engaged in any wrongdoing. The pleadings can be read on www.pillersdorflaw.com
The SSA has threatened to file a motion dismiss the class action. It is interesting to note that the Federal Judge told them to respond to our motion for preliminary injunction before they file their motion to dismiss. This may or may not be a good sign. If he had scheduled their proposed motion to dismiss prior to the injunction hearing I would be worried. Regardless, I look for our battles with the SSA to be very combative.
In our view they are an arrogant bureaucracy ,who are indifferent to the pain and anguish they are causing in our communities.
Please share with those affected.”
I’ve learned as well,those of us not living locally are being turned away from local-to-the-center-of-this-mess legal help. Some of us are in TN,and I’ve seen where others are in SC,NC,GA,and Alabama,and most likely other places as well. I understand that it may be more difficult for local (to Floyd county KY) attorneys to help/work with those of us not living there (and just how many of us there are caught up in this mess vs how many attorneys are available general),but I’ve also learned the hard way that it’s nigh impossible to find any attorneys willing to help at all local to where we live since this mess is located primarily in Floyd county KY…I haven’t as of yet been able to secure legal help in this,so I can imagine others living as far or farther away have not either.
I’m beginning to feel left hung out to dry,personally,since both Ned’s office,as well as those his office referred me to over the phone have all basically told me the same thing…”well you don’t live here,I’m sorry about your luck but we have to look after our own (locals)”,though when Red Apple’s receptionist called to turn me away,she was nice enough to have looked up a local-to-us “Legal Aid” office’s number (I will be calling them today or tomorrow seeking help…though I don’t expect much of anything other than “sorry about your luck,but…”).
What with Conn’s office having had original copies of all of my medical records,and it pretty well being a known fact now that they have burned or otherwise destroyed (literally) millions of pages of records for former clients (myself included based on the lame excuse given to me by one of Conn’s closest people when I requested them)….meaning all of my records are gone forever,and with none of these lawyers being willing to help my family/me with our own case in this (other than,of course,to add our name to the oft mentioned Class Action suit…which I DO appreciate,though that is simply typing out my name on a long list of other people,and then simply dismissing me,passing our “buck” onto someone else at every turn),I’m beginning to become very worried about our prospect in all of this,that my much needed (and justified,BTW) income is going to soon be gone. I’m beginning to understand more and more first hand how those two individuals who commited suicide must have felt–not that I’m advocating such a stupid/desperate thing to do,or considering it myself,just stating that I’m now feeling the anxiety,fear,and sense of pure dread that they must have been feeling. I’m certainly not feeling as if anyone cares about my family in any of this. I suppose that I should be used to this feeling in general,because it seems to be just another chapter in the “That’s the Story of My Life!”,sigh.