Garcia v. United States of America

Filing 41

ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFFS to File Second Supplemental Briefing and Evidence in Support of the Petition for Approval of the Minors' Compromise, signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 6/6/2021. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 12 13 RUFINA HILARIO GARCIA, individually and on behalf of Ce.H.G., M.H.G., P.H.G., Ca.H.G., and O.H.G., minors, being the heirs of and successors-in-interest to SANTO HILARIO GARCIA and MARCELINA GARCIA PROFECTO, 14 15 16 17 Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendants. 18 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:20-cv-00093 NONE JLT ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFFS TO FILE SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEFING AND EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE PETITION FOR APPROVAL OF THE MINORS’ COMPROMISE 19 The plaintiff is seeking approval of settlement of this action on behalf of her minor siblings. 20 (Doc. 37) Previously, the Court ordered supplemental briefing because the petition failed to include 21 necessary information to determine the fairness of the settlement, or whether the settlement is in the 22 best interests of the minor children (Doc. 39). 23 Though the plaintiff filed a supplement (Doc. 40), she failed to address all of the issues raised 24 by the Court. For example, the Court noted that there was no explanation provided whether any of the 25 “initial lump sum” Ms. Garcia is to receive, will be spent on the minors or their care. Instead, the 26 supplement notes only the money will be spent on “(1) “[r]epayment of past and for future expenses as 27 she deems fit” and (2) “[c]osts of repairs to the house that Plaintiffs’ decedent parents owned and in 28 which Plaintiff Rufina Hilario Garcia and the minors will reside when the repairs are completed, and to 1 1 provide temporary housing for the Plaintiffs until such time as the repairs to their house are 2 completed.” (Doc. 40 at 2) There is no description of the “expenses” at issue or whether these were 3 incurred on behalf the children or due to the care Ms. Garcia has provided and will provide to them. If 4 she intends to use these funds to pay for necessities as the children age, there is no showing how the 5 funds will be divided among the children or the fairness to them, if they are not divided. Likewise, she 6 fails to explain why the funds should not be placed in a blocked account for the minors benefit with 7 withdrawals made only upon approval of the Court. 8 9 Finally, there is no indication whether the children have any ownership stake in home where they live with Ms. Garcia, such that they should be obligated to pay for its repair. On the other hand, if 10 the “initial lump sum” is purely for Ms. Garcia’s use, she has continued to fail to explain why such a 11 payment is appropriate. 12 Based upon the foregoing, the Court finds additional information continues to be necessary to 13 evaluate the fairness of the minors’ compromise. Accordingly, the Court ORDERS: Plaintiffs 14 SHALL file a further supplemental brief and evidence addressing the issues identified above no later 15 than June 18, 2021. 16 17 18 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: June 6, 2021 _ /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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