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Duane Morris Announces Settlement of the Osteopathic Physicians Class Action against the American Osteopathic Association


Duane Morris is pleased to announce the settlement of the Osteopathic
Physicians Class Action against the American Osteopathic Association, Talone,
et. al v. American Osteopathic Association.
The Court
has granted preliminary approval of the settlement, and
members of the class and sub-classes will be receiving notice of the
settlement in the coming weeks.

The settlement is a resolution of the claims the class representatives
asserted against the AOA that was negotiated over a period of
approximately four months, and that provides a range of benefits to tens
of thousands of DOs. Those benefits are estimated in value to be worth
significantly more than $35,000,000.

In addition to agreeing to end its practice of conditioning AOA board
certification on purchasing annual membership in the AOA, which was at
the center of the lawsuit, the AOA has also agreed to provide a host of
other economic benefits to the more than 45,000 class members, such as,
for three years reducing its annual dues by $90 and waiving a $90 board
certification fee; for two years offering AOA members two free CME
courses of up to 12 aggregate credits and contributing not less than $2
million to an osteopathic awareness campaign; and eliminating
distinctions between online and in-person CME for purposes of AOA
membership. Weighed against the uncertainty and expense of protracted
litigation, the valuable benefits the AOA has agreed to provide to
resolve the claims against it demonstrate that the settlement is in the
best interest of the class and sub-classes, as well as the AOA.

Duane Morris is greatly appreciative of the four class representatives,
who devoted time and effort to vigorously pursue the claims of the class
and sub-classes, and were instrumental in negotiating the significant
benefits their fellow DOs will receive as a result of the settlement.

About Duane Morris

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States and internationally. The firm represents a broad array of
clients, spanning all major practices and industries.

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