Bogner et al v. Masari Investments, LLC et al

Filing 54

ORDER granting 51 Motion to Certify Class. Defendant shall provide names and addresses of class members to Plaintiffs by 8/21/2009; Plaintiffs shall mail notices to all class members by 9/11/2009; deadline for class members to opt-out of or intervene in action is 11/13/09. Signed by Judge David G Campbell on 7/22/2009.(NVO)

Download PDF
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Renia Bogner and Jeff Bogner, on behalf ) ) of themselves and others similarly ) situated, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) Masari Investments, LLC, an Arizona ) limited liability company; Joseph F. Musumeci, P.C., an Arizona professional ) corporation; and Joseph F. Musumeci, a ) ) licensed Arizona attorney, ) ) Defendants. ) ) No. CV-08-1511-PHX-DGC ORDER On June 2, 2009, the Court issued an order granting Plaintiffs' motion for class certification pursuant to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Dkt. #49. Plaintiffs have filed a motion for approval of class notice and notification schedule. Dkt. #51. Plaintiffs request the Court to approve the proposed class notice and to establish the date by which Defendants shall provide the names and addresses of the class members to Plaintiffs, the date by which class notices shall be mailed to class members, and the date by which class members may opt-out of or intervene in this action. Id. at 3, 5. Defendants have not filed a response, and the time for doing so has expired. See LRCiv 7.2(c). Having reviewed the proposed class notice (Dkt. #51-2), the Court finds that it is adequate except with respect to the description of the class claims. The notice does not 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 explain that the letter Plaintiffs received from Defendants was a collection letter that allegedly violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by falsely stating that any dispute over the validity of the alleged debt must be made in writing. See, e.g., Dkt. #5 16-19; Dkt. #51 at 2, 1. Plaintiffs shall revise the proposed class notice to include the following description of the claims: Plaintiffs allege in this action that collection letters Defendants sent to Plaintiffs and class members violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. 1692 et seq., because the letters falsely state that any dispute over the validity of the alleged debt must be made in writing. Specifically, Plaintiffs allege (1) that the letters violate 15 U.S.C. 1692g(a) because the notice provisions of that section do not contain a requirement that a dispute be made in writing, and (2) that the letters violate 15 U.S.C. 1692e because they are false and deceptive in that they misrepresent Plaintiffs' and the class members' rights under 1692g(a). Plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment that Defendants' practices violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and an award of statutory damages, costs, and attorney fees pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1692k. The Court will require Defendants to provide the names and addresses of the class members to Plaintiffs by August 21, 2009. The Court finds reasonable the proposed 21-day deadline for the mailing of class notices (via first class mail) and the proposed 30-day opt-out or intervention deadline. See Dkt. #51 at 3, 5. IT IS ORDERED: 1. Plaintiffs' motion for approval of class notice and notification schedule (Dkt. #51) is granted as set forth in this order. 2. Plaintiffs shall revise the proposed class notice (Dkt. #51-2) to include a complete description of the class claims. 3. Defendants shall provide the names and addresses of all class members to Plaintiffs by August 21, 2009. 4. Plaintiffs shall mail notices to all class members by September 11, 2009. -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5. The deadline for class members to opt-out of or intervene in this action is November 13, 2009. DATED this 22nd day of July, 2009. -3-

Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.


Why Is My Information Online?