PCC/Rutherford County Probation Settlement

Rodriguez et al. v. Providence Community Corrections, Inc. et al
United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee Case No. 3:15-cv-01048

Welcome to the PCC/Rutherford County Probation Settlement Website

If, at any time from October 1, 2011 to October 5, 2017, you incurred court-imposed financial obligations arising from a misdemeanor or traffic case in Rutherford County, and were supervised on probation in that case by PCC or Rutherford County’s Probation Department, you may be a member of the Settlement Class.

A civil rights class action lawsuit was brought against Rutherford County, Tennessee (“Rutherford County”), PCC and certain individuals associated with PCC (the “PCC Defendants,” and collectively with Rutherford County, the “Defendants”). The lawsuit alleges violations under federal and state law and the U.S. Constitution relating to probation practices in Rutherford County and to fines, fees, costs, and surcharges arising from traffic and misdemeanor cases in the Rutherford County courts. A Settlement has been proposed in this case. If you are included in the Settlement, your rights will be affected and you may be able to get benefits. If you owed or paid money to PCC, you may be eligible to receive a cash award from a Settlement Fund based on the amount you paid or owed to PCC and the period of time you were on probation with PCC.

Your Legal Rights and Options in This Settlement:

Submit a Claim Form
(by April 27, 2018)
Remain in the Settlement:
  • Submit a Claim Form seeking a payment from the Settlement Fund. The amount will be determined based upon a combination of the fees paid to PCC and the length of time on probation, as described in the Settlement Agreement. Using your information, the Settlement Administrator will determine the size of your payment.
  • Give up your right to be part of another lawsuit, arbitration or proceeding against the Defendants for the same legal claims resolved by this Settlement.
Exclude Yourself
(by April 27, 2018)
Get out of the Settlement:
  • Keep your right to be part of another lawsuit, arbitration or proceeding against the Defendants for the same legal claims resolved by this Settlement.
  • Give up your right to receive any benefits from the Settlement.
Object
(by April 27, 2018)
Remain in the Settlement:
  • Write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement terms.
  • Give up your right to be part of another lawsuit, arbitration or proceeding against the Defendants for the same legal claims resolved by this Settlement.
Go to the Fairness Hearing
(June 25, 2018)
Remain in the Settlement:
  • Ask to speak to the Court about the fairness of it.
  • Give up your right to be part of another lawsuit, arbitration or proceeding against the Defendants for the same legal claims resolved by this Settlement.
Do Nothing
  • Get no benefits.
  • Give up your right to be part of another lawsuit, arbitration or proceeding against the Defendants for the same legal claims resolved by this Settlement.

The Court in charge of this Settlement still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement.
Payments will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved.

To learn more about the terms of the proposed settlement, your options, and how your legal rights may be affected, please review the Detailed Notice, Settlement Documents and answers to the Frequently Asked Questions provided on this website.