Plaintiff representatives are pleased that talks will resume, but remain skeptical about seeing a resolution
For only the second time in 14 years, the state is scheduled to begin nonbinding mediation to try to resolve a class-action lawsuit over its failure to issue timely homestead awards to Native Hawaiians.
They’re dying. Literally. Nearly 14 years after a class-action lawsuit was filed and four years after a judge found the state liable for breach of trust, roughly 300 of the original 2,700-plus Native Hawaiian class members have died. Story »
It was supposed to be an informal, relatively inexpensive process, similar to filing a workers' compensation claim. In the early 1990s, the state created an administrative panel to hear breach-of-trust claims from Native Hawaiian beneficiaries involving homesteading cases from August 1959 to June 1988. Story »
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