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Exhibitors awarded $2.8 million over canceled 2020 show

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will also give exhibitors credit toward conferences in 2021 and 2022

By Kathryn Walson
March 19, 2020

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will pay $2.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by exhibitors of its canceled 2020 trade show. Exhibitors will also get credit toward fees to participate in future conferences.

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois gave preliminary approval to the settlement on March 12. The court will hold a final approval hearing remotely on June 24.

Karen Groppe, HIMSS senior director of strategic communications, said the association could not comment because it is still an active legal case.

“HIMSS is grateful for the support of exhibitors and attendees through these unprecedented times, and gratified by the overwhelming support of exhibitors for the upcoming HIMSS21 conference, scheduled for August 2021,” she said in an emailed statement.