Allcare Dental Class Action Lawsuit FAQ

 
1. What is this Allcare Dental Class Action Lawsuit all about?

2. What is a class action lawsuit, anyway? What is a class action lawsuit, anyway?

3. I was an Allcare Customer, but I finished my treatments already.  Am I involved in this lawsuit?

4. Do I leave my name?  How will you know who I am? 

5. How long will it take?

6. When did Allcare Dental offices close?

7. How often will you update this website?

8. Is there any way I can get my records? Dentures?

9. Will I get my money back?  How will I get my money back?

10.  How much is this lawsuit going to cost me?

11.  Do I still file a complaint with the Dental Board?  The Attorney General?

12.  What do I do if I have both a dental malpractice claim as well as not getting the teeth that I paid for?


13.  What does the Allcare Dental class-action law suit say?

14.  What about the money I had to borrow to pay Allcare Dental?

15.  How long will the Allcare Dental class-action lawsuit process take?

16.  How will I know if I’m included in the class?

17.  I’m with the media and would like to learn more for an article/story/broadcast/blog.  How do I reach you?

18.  Will I have to come into your firm’s office for interviews/depositions?

19.  Will I have to go to New York to testify if there is a trial?

20.  Do I have to fill out all this information on the contact form?

21.  What are the duties of class representatives?

22.  I submitted a contact form, but I got an email saying you do not need my information.  What gives?

23.  Are you my attorneys?

 1. What is this Allcare Dental Class Action Lawsuit all about?

Allcare Dental was a discount dental and dentures operation running in over 10 states, with over 50 locations. It was headquartered in New York under the direction of Robert Bates, D.D.S. In December 2010 or January 2011, Allcare suddenly, without warning, simultaneously shut all of its offices. Many people were left without the services and equipment for which they had already paid. Others were left without anywhere to service their warranty. This Allcare Dental class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of people who were in that position, based on care received.
The Allcare Dental class action lawsuit does NOT include any claim for dental malpractice, for which you should seek a local dental malpractice attorney.
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 2. What is a class action lawsuit, anyway?

A class action lawsuit is where many individual claims—that would normally be separate lawsuits—are combined into one action against the same defendants. The plaintiffs are called the “class,” which is represented by just a few named plaintiffs (the “class representatives,” who are actually named in the complaint). The class representatives are the ones who litigate the case on behalf of the class.
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 3. I was an Allcare Customer, but I finished my treatments already. Am I involved in this lawsuit?

Maybe. Many Allcare Dental customers were left without anywhere to service their warranties, and we are trying to certify the class to include these people, for the value of a replacement warranty.
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 4. Do I leave my name? How will you know who I am?

We cannot collect that information at this time, and are not bringing on all potential clients as clients (otherwise, it would not be a class action). If we are successful in being certified as the Allcare Dental class-action, you fall into the class definition, and your state is represented by the class action (see the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives), then you will be entitled to compensation in the event of a favorable outcome. The Allcare Dental class-action Court will mandate the method for contacting people.
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 5. How long will it take?

There is no way to tell. First, the class must be certified, then the case is litigated. It could settle quickly if the Defendants agree to a fair resolution, or it could drag on in litigation for some time. While Plaintiffs’ counsel will try to move the case will all reasonable speed, they are not able to control how the Defendant acts and the Court rules.
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 6. When did Allcare Dental offices close?

Our Allcare Dental investigation indicates that Allcare closed “for the holidays” in the end of December, 2010, but never re-opened.
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 7. How often will you update this website?

We will endeavor to post Allcare Dental class-action filings in a reasonable time after they’re filed, but you should not rely on this website as your only source of information on the Allcare Dental class-action. You can always access the court docket, and should follow local news and look for court-related mailings.
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 8. Is there any way I can get my records? Dentures?

We do not have access to Allcare Dental’s records at this point. There is a website that appears to be run by Allcare Dental and discusses information on retrieving records and dentures, http://www.allcareinfo.com/. We cannot vouch for the information on that website, but hopefully it will help. You must use your own judgment.
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 9. Will I get my money back? How will I get my money back?

If we are successful in being certified as the Allcare Dental class-action, you fall into the class definition, and your state is represented by the class action (see the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives), then you will be entitled to compensation in the event of a favorable outcome. The Allcare Dental class-action court will mandate the method for contacting people. We cannot collect that information at this time.
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 10. How much is this lawsuit going to cost me?

Nothing in the traditional sense: you don’t need to pay into the Allcare Dental class-action lawsuit. Plaintiffs’ expenses in the class action, as well as attorneys’ fees and other costs, will be deducted from any award, verdict, or settlement, and the remainder will go towards compensating the victims (the “class”).
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 11. Do I still file a complaint with the Dental Board? The Attorney General?

We cannot advise you on what you should do, since we are not your attorneys (and are therefore prohibited). You may want to follow the advice of the Attorney General in these matters.
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 12. What do I do if I have both a dental malpractice claim as well as not getting the teeth that I paid for?

You should contact a dental malpractice attorney in your area to review the case. We are NOT handling Allcare Dental malpractice claims. The Allcare Dental class action lawsuit does NOT include any claim for dental malpractice, for which you should seek a local dental malpractice attorney.
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 13. What does the Allcare Dental class-action law suit say?

You can read the Allcare Dental class-action lawsuit and other Allcare Dental case-related filings on the Allcare Dental Class Action Court Filings page. Return to top

 14. What about the money I had to borrow to pay Allcare Dental?

In many cases, you will be bound to pay back a loan or other financial instrument used to pay Allcare Dental based on the terms of the loan—which may or may not take into account situations like the Allcare Dental’s closure (i.e., it may still require you to pay regardless of whether you received the services or equipment for which the loan funds were procured). You may want to alert your lender and inquire as to the specific facts of your loan. Some loans/lenders may allow you to reduce or eliminate the loan, others will not. We do not control this process, and cannot advise you about it. 
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 15. How long will the Allcare Dental class-action lawsuit process take?

It is impossible to say. If and when the Allcare Dental class is certified, the case could settle, or could go to trial. Also, Allcare Dental may file for bankruptcy, delay things with many filings, or otherwise impede the process. Plaintiffs’ counsel will strive to move the process forward with all due speed, but that is not entirely within our control. We do not suggest you wait to procure any necessary dental work until resolution of the case.
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 16. How will I know if I’m included in the class?

You can read the Allcare Dental class-action lawsuit and other Allcare Dental case-related filings on the Allcare Dental Class Action Court Filings page. Note that the Allcare Dental class action lawsuit does NOT include any claim for dental malpractice, for which you should seek a local dental malpractice attorney. You can see the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives—those states may NOT be covered until we have a class representative. You can sign up from that page if you got treatment in one of those states.
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 17. I’m with the media and would like to learn more for an article/story/broadcast/blog. How do I reach you?

Complete our media inquiry form and we will reach out with contact details. Thank you for your interest in this important consumer-interest story.
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 18. Will I have to come into your firm’s office for interviews/depositions?

Unless you are an Allcare Dental class-action Class Representative, you will not likely have first-hand involvement in the case. If you are a Class Representative, you will be in contact with one or more of our attorneys. See the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives—those states may NOT be covered until we have a class representative.
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 19. Will I have to go to New York to testify if there is a trial?

If you are a class representative, there may be some travel and/or testimony. You may be compensated for the inconvenience (the Court will control this). See the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives—those states may NOT be covered until we have a class representative.
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 20. Do I have to fill out all this information on the contact form?

Yes. We need this information to see if you may be a good class representative. See the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives—those states may NOT be covered until we have a class representative. If you are not from one of these states, you do not need to contact us.
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 21. What are the duties of class representatives?

Here is a form “Duties of Class Representatives” that shows the general duties. You will be like any plaintiff in a lawsuit, except that you must also consider the wellbeing of the other class members when making decisions. Return to top

 22. I submitted a contact form, but I got an email saying you do not need my information. What gives?

Because this is a class action, only a limited number of people, certified as the “class representatives” by the Court, are involved in the case and start off as our clients. Other class members are represented by those class reps. See the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives—those states may NOT be covered until we have a class representative.
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 23. Are you my attorneys?

Probably not, in the traditional sense, unless you signed a contract and we told you that we were accepting you as a potential Allcare Dental class-action class representative. See the home page for information on states where we are still seeking class representatives—those states may NOT be covered until we have a class representative. Note that the Allcare Dental class action lawsuit does NOT include any claim for dental malpractice against Allcare Dental, for which you should seek a local dental malpractice attorney.
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