Kairy et al v. Supershuttle International, Inc., et al, No. 4:2008cv02993 - Document 404 (N.D. Cal. 2014)

Court Description: ORDER GRANTING 397 MOTION for Final Approval of Class and Collective Action Settlement. Signed by Judge JEFFREY S. WHITE on 11/3/14. (jjoS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/3/2014)
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Kairy et al v. Supershuttle International, Inc., et al Doc. 404 Case4:08-cv-02993-JSW Document402 Filed10/31/14 Page1 of 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 13 ROOSEVELT KAIRY, LARRY BROWN, WAYNE DICKSON, DRAKE OSMUN, HARJINDER SINGHDIETZ, FREDERICK FERNANDEZ, YURIK ZADOV, and MUNIR AHMED on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, 14 Plaintiffs, 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Case No. 4:08-CV-02993 JSW REVISED [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS AND COLLECTIVE ACTION SETTLEMENT v. SUPERSHUTTLE INTERNATIONAL, INC. and SUPERSHUTTLE FRANCHISE CORPORATION, d.b.a. SUPERSHUTTLE; CLOUD 9 SHUTTLE, INC.; SUPERSHUTTLE OF SAN FRANCISCO, INC.; MINI-BUS SYSTEMS, INC.; SUPERSHUTTLE LOS ANGELES, INC.; AND SACRAMENTO TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, INC., and DOES 1 through 20, inclusive, Defendants. 22 23 24 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 REVISED [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL CASE NO. 4:08-CV-02993 JSW 041022/2007-1080.080 Dockets.Justia.com Case4:08-cv-02993-JSW Document402 Filed10/31/14 Page2 of 13 1 INTRODUCTION 2 On October 31, 2014, this Court held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Final Approval of Class 3 and Collective Action Settlement, at which all named parties were represented. Due and adequate 4 notice having been given to the Class Members, and the Court having considered the Settlement 5 Agreement, all papers and proceedings had herein, and all oral and written comments received 6 regarding the proposed Settlement, and having reviewed the records in this case, and good cause 7 appearing, the Court HEREBY ORDERS THE FOLLOWING: 8 DEFINITIONS 9 1. This Order incorporates by reference the definitions contained in the Class Action 10 Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims (“Agreement”) attached as Exhibit 1 to the 11 Declaration of Aaron Kaufmann in Support of Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary 12 Approval of Class Action Settlement (ECF# 383-1), and all terms used in this Order shall 13 have the same meaning as set forth in the Agreement. 14 JURISDICTION 15 2. This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this Lawsuit and all matters relating 16 thereto, and over all parties to the Lawsuit. 17 CONFIRMATION OF SETTLEMENT CLASSES 18 3. The Court confirms as final its preliminary certification in the June 12, 2014 Order of the 19 Settlement Class, as that term is defined in and by the terms of the Agreement. With 20 respect to the Settlement Class and for purposes of approving this Settlement only, this 21 Court finds and concludes that: (a) the Members of the Settlement Class are ascertainable 22 and so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable; (b) there are questions of 23 law or fact common to the Settlement Class, and there is a well-defined community of 24 interest among Members of the Settlement Class with respect to the subject matter of the 25 Lawsuit; (c) the claims of the Class Representatives are typical of the claims of the other 26 members of the Settlement Class; (d) the Class Representatives have fairly and adequately 27 protected the interests of the Settlement Class; (e) a class action is superior to other 28 available methods for an efficient adjudication of this controversy; and (f) the counsel of -1REVISED [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL CASE NO. 4:08-CV-02993 JSW 041022/2007-1080.080 Case4:08-cv-02993-JSW Document402 Filed10/31/14 Page3 of 13 1 record for the Class Representatives, i.e., Class Counsel, are qualified to serve as class 2 counsel. 3 4. The Court confirms as final the appointment of Roosevelt Kairy, Larry Brown, Wayne 4 Dickson, Drake Osmun, Harjinder Dubb, Frederick Fernandez, Yurik Zadov, and Munir 5 Ahmed as class representatives. 6 5. The Court confirms as final the appointment of Plaintiffs’ law firms, Leonard Carder, 7 LLP; Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP; Lewis Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C.; 8 and Bryan Schwartz Law as Class Counsel. 9 SETTLEMENT APPROVAL 10 6. The Court finds that the distribution of Class Notice Packages as provided for in the June 11 12, 2014 Order granting preliminary approval constituted the best notice practicable under 12 the circumstances to all persons within the definitions of the Settlement Class, and fully 13 met the requirements of due process under the United States Constitution and California 14 law with respect to those Settlement Class Members to whom Notice was mailed. Based 15 on evidence and other material submitted in conjunction with the Settlement, the actual 16 notices to Settlement Class Members were adequate, except as expressly stated herein. 17 7. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(e), this Court grants final approval to the Agreement and 18 the Settlement set forth therein, and orders the parties to implement, and comply with, its 19 terms. The Court finds that the Agreement and the Settlement set forth therein is fair, 20 reasonable, and adequate in all respects, and that it is binding on all members of the 21 Settlement Class, except as set forth in Paragraphs 13-16 below. The Court specifically 22 finds that this Settlement affords substantial monetary and non-monetary relief to the 23 Class, and is rationally related to the strength of Plaintiffs’ claims given the risk, expense, 24 complexity, and duration of further litigation. This Court also finds that the Agreement is 25 the result of arms’-length negotiations between experienced counsel representing the 26 interests of the Class and Defendants, after thorough factual and legal investigation. The 27 Court further finds that the response of the Classes to the Settlement supports final 28 approval, in that only one class member has objected to the proposed Settlement and only -2REVISED [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL CASE NO. 4:08-CV-02993 JSW Case4:08-cv-02993-JSW Document402 Filed10/31/14 Page4 of 13 1 twelve out of more than 3,000 Class Members have excluded themselves from the 2 Settlement. 3 8. The Court finds that the negotiated operational changes detailed in Exhibit A to the 4 Agreement have significant value to certain class members (franchisees and associate 5 drivers still operating shuttle vans franchised through defendant City Licensees), and that 6 these changes further enhance the independence of the operators, provide further 7 entrepreneurial opportunities, and provide certain clarifications that strengthen the 8 independent contractor status of these class members on a going-forward basis. 9 9. The Court finds that the proposed plan of allocation is rationally related to the relative 10 strengths and weaknesses of the respective claims asserted. The mechanisms and 11 procedures set forth in the Agreement by which payments are to be calculated and made to 12 Class Members are fair, reasonable, and adequate. Payment shall be made according to 13 those allocations and pursuant to the procedure set forth in the Agreement and this Order. 14 10. Plaintiffs have requested approval of a payment from the aggregate settlement fund of 15 $7,500 to the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) in 16 settlement of the California Class’ PAGA claims. The Court finds that this LWDA 17 payment is fair, adequate, and reasonable and approves a payment to the LWDA in the 18 amount of $7,500. 19 11. Plaintiffs have requested appointment of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center 20 (San Francisco, CA) as cy pres beneficiary. Because the Legal Aid Society-Employment 21 Law Center meets the test under Dennis v. Kellogg Co., 697 F.3d 858, 865 (9th Cir. 2013) 22 that “there be a driving nexus between the plaintiff class and the cy pres beneficiaries,” 23 the Court hereby designates the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center as cy pres 24 beneficiary for receipt of undistributed funds as provided under the Agreement and this 25 Order. 26 12. By operation of this Order and upon the effective date of the Judgment, the Class 27 Representatives shall release, relinquish, and discharge all claims against the Releasees 28 released under the terms of Paragraph 65 Settlement Agreement. -3REVISED [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL CASE NO. 4:08-CV-02993 JSW Case4:08-cv-02993-JSW Document402 Filed10/31/14 Page5 of 13 1 13. By operation of this Order and upon the effective date of the Judgment, all Settlement 2 Class Members who have not opted out of the Settlement shall be deemed to have, and by 3 operation of the Judgment shall have, fully, finally, and forever released, relinquished, and 4 discharged all Released Claims against the Releasees as set forth in Paragraph 63 of the 5 Settlement Agreement, except as set forth in Paragraph 16 below. 6 14. From the Net Settlement Fund KCC shall create a reserve fund equal to the value of the 7 claims of the 130 Class Members who have not been mailed Notice (“No Address Class 8 Members”) and the 136 Class Members who were mailed Notice but whose Notice was 9 returned as undeliverable (“Bad Address Class members”) (collectively “Undelivered 10 Notice Class Members”). A list of these 266 Class Members is attached as Exhibit A to 11 this Order. The value of this reserve fund will be held back from the Settlement, in the 12 Qualified Settlement Fund by KCC, and available to pay any of these 266 Class Members 13 whose address information is obtained within12 months of the final approval order. 14 15. Efforts to locate address information for the 130 No Address Class Members will 15 continue. These efforts will include attempted communication with primary operators 16 who may have contact information for secondary operators. 17 16. As any of the 266 Undelivered Notice Class Members are located or come forward, KCC 18 will mail them Notice and provide them with an opportunity to exclude themselves from 19 the Settlement. Those who are mailed Notice and do not exclude themselves from the 20 Settlement will receive their share of the Settlement and be bound by the Release. 21 17. On October 31, 2015, any of the 266 Undelivered Notice Class Members who have still 22 not been mailed Notice will be excluded from the Settlement and shall not be bound by 23 the Release. The dollars attributable to their shares of settlement will be disbursed to the 24 cy pres beneficiary. 25 18. The Lawsuit is hereby dismissed with prejudice. 26 19. The Court reserves exclusive and continuing jurisdiction over the Lawsuit for the 27 purposes of supervising the implementation, enforcement, construction, administration 28 and interpretation of the Settlement Agreement and this Judgment. -4REVISED [PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL CASE NO. 4:08-CV-02993 JSW Case4:08-cv-02993-JSW Document402 Filed10/31/14 Page6 of 13 1 2 20. This document shall constitute a judgment (and separate document constituting said judgment) for purposes of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58. 3 21. The Court finds that notice of the Settlement was served upon all appropriate Federal and 4 State officials on July 18, 2014 pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 5 (“CAFA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1715. 6 7 IT IS SO ORDERED. 8 9 10 Dated: November 3, 2014 HONORABLE JEFFREY S. 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