1030 N. Center Parkway, Kennewick Washington 99336
Attention Employees and Former Employees
of Hanford "Enterprise Companies"
On April 23, 2016 this office filed a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Energy on behalf of all Hanford workers who were assigned to work for so-called "Enterprise Companies" in 1996. We believe that these employees were denied their rightful retirement benefits when the government made them go to work for Enterprise Companies in 1996 and told them they would no longer accrue credit for their "years of service" in their pension calculations. We believe that many, if not most, of the employees of the Enterprise Companies are entitled to tens of thousands of dollars in additional retirement benefits. A copy of the complaint filed with the United States Court of Federal Claims can be found here:
If you were a member of the Hanford workforce who was switched to an "Enterprise Company" in 1996, and you would like to participate in this class action lawsuit, you will need to fill out a Representation Agreement and return it to our office. Under the rules of the Court, anyone who has not formally agreed to participate in the lawsuit will not be a part of the litigation, and will not recover any benefits even if the litigation is successful. To sign up to participate in the lawsuit, print the Representation Agreement, fill it out completely, sign it, and return it to our office.
You may return the completed Representation Agreement either by mailing it to us or dropping it by our office in person in an envelope addressed as follows:
Law Office of Douglas E. McKinley, Jr.
Attn: Enterprise Company Lawsuit
1030 North Center Parkway
Kennewick, WA 99336
It is important that you fill out the representation agreement completely, including the "Client Hanford Work History" at the end of the agreement, and that you sign the agreement before you return it to our office.
On July 25, 2016 our office filed a class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Energy on behalf of individuals who were then employees of Lockheed Martin Services, Inc. (LMSI). The lawsuit alleged that these employees were denied their rightful retirement benefits when the government switched their employment to LMSI, a so-called "Enterprise Company" in 1996. At the time we filed the lawsuit, we believed that there were facts that were specific to the LMSI employees that would make their case especially strong in court.
At the time we filed the LMSI lawsuit, we knew employees at other Enterprise Companies would also want us to file a lawsuit on their behalf, but we were not (yet) ready to do so. Naturally, when these Enterprise employees heard about the LMSI lawsuit, many of them contacted us and asked if we would file a lawsuit on their behalf. We told them we wanted to see how things progressed in the LMSI lawsuit first, but assuming that things progressed in the LMSI lawsuit in an acceptable manner, we would likely file a second lawsuit on their behalf sometime in the future.
To make a long story short, that has now happened. Over the course of the past year and a half, as we have litigated the original lawsuit, we have become much more confident in the merits of a case filed on behalf of the Enterprise Company employees generally. For that reason, we have now filed this new lawsuit that is on behalf of all Enterprise Company employees.
However, that does NOT mean that all Enterprise Company Employees are automatically covered in this new lawsuit. Under the rules of the Court, a person is only included in a class action lawsuit if they formally agree to being a part of the lawsuit. That means if you would like to participate in this new lawsuit, you will need to show that you have agreed to participate in this new lawsuit by signing our Representation Agreement.