Adams v. Cradduck et al
ORDER ADOPTING 73 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS, granting 67 Motion of Judgment and dismissing case with prejudice. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on August 30, 2017. (tg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
YVES EUGENE ADAMS; CESAR REYES;
PAM PHILPOTT; and BRANDON PHILPOTT,
each individually and on behalf of all others
BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF KELLY
CRADDUCK, in his individual and official
capacities; and KEEFE COMMISSARY
The Court has received a report and recommendation (Doc. 73) from United States
Magistrate Judge Mark E. Ford. No objections have been filed and the deadline to file objections
has passed. The Magistrate recommends that the Court grant the motion (Doc. 67) for final
approval of the class action settlement and cy pres distribution. The Court has carefully reviewed
the report and recommendation, which is proper, contains no clear error, and is ADOPTED IN ITS
The settlement agreement in this case is fair, reasonable, and adequate, and notice was
proper. The Magistrate’s recommended cy pres distributions to inmate accounts at the Benton
County Jail and then to the Benton County Public Defender’s Office will result in a distribution of
unclaimed settlement funds for a purpose as near as possible to the objectives underlying the
lawsuit, the interests of class members, and the interests of those similarly situated.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the motion (Doc. 67) is GRANTED. The settlement
agreement is approved. The Claims Administrator is directed to keep the settlement account open
for a period of two years from June 5, 2017—the date of second mailing of settlement checks to
be drawn on the account. Thereafter, the Claims Administrator is directed to distribute unclaimed
settlement funds into accounts at the Benton County Jail in the names of class members who did
not negotiate their settlement checks while the settlement account was open, and to maintain those
jail accounts for a period of 180 days. At the conclusion of that period, the Claims Administrator
is directed to pay all unclaimed funds in those jail accounts, and any unclaimed settlement funds
in any other account, to the Benton County Public Defender’s Office for its general use in
representing Benton County criminal defendants.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this case is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 30th day of August, 2017.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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