$208K Cy Pres Award Will Benefit Bay Area Legal Services

Image of Tony Cabassa with Dick Woltmann (CEO) and Joan Boles (Deputy Director)

Deputy Director Joan Boles (left) and CEO Dick Woltmann (center) with Tony Cabassa (right) in front of the Hall of Justice.

Class Counsel, Luis A. “Tony” Cabassa, presented a $208,663.24 check to Bay Area Legal Services on Tuesday, April 18th, as the result of a cy pres award. The term cy pres is derived from a French phrase meaning “as near as possible,” as cy pres awards are often designated when residual funds remain in a class action lawsuit.

This particular class action settlement was the result of “John G. Baja V. Costco Wholesale Corporation.” The former alleged that the Defendant provided him and other putative class members with a COBRA Notice that did not adequately inform class members how to exercise their right to elect COBRA coverage. The Class was represented by Luis A. Cabassa and Brandon J. Hill of Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., and Marc Edelman of Morgan & Morgan, P.A.

“Tony Cabassa has been a long-time and effective supporter of Bay Area Legal Services,” said Bay Area Legal CEO, Dick Woltmann, to whom the check was presented alongside Deputy Director, Joan Boles. 

While a member of Bay Area’s Board of Directors, Tony served as Chairman. He has presented multiple cy pres awards and is recognized as a ‘Legend’ through our Justice Works! Campaign, having made a 3-year pledge at the highest giving level for individual donors. His firm, Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., has been a long-term Sustaining Law Firm. He is also a member of The Collective.

Through Cy Pres awards, my firm is able to ensure that Bay Area Legal Services can continue to provide legal services to the most needy persons in our community.”

Headshot of Tony Cabassa

Tony Cabassa

Learn more about cy pres awards at bals.org/cypres.