Smith v. Superior Farms

Filing 19

ORDER signed by Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 11/17/2021, per 18 Stipulation, GRANTING the request to dismiss. Ryan Smith's individual claims are DISMISSED with prejudice. The 15 Motion for Approval of Settlement is DENIED as moot. CASE CLOSED. (Rodriguez, E)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 Ryan Smith, 12 13 14 15 No. 2:20-cv-01778-KJM-DB Plaintiff, ORDER v. Superior Farms, Defendant. 16 17 The court has reviewed the parties’ stipulated request to dismiss this action under Federal 18 Rule of Civil Procedure 41, ECF No. 18. The court grants the request to dismiss. As provided 19 by the stipulation the court dismisses with prejudice plaintiff Ryan Smith’s individual claims. 20 However, the putative class and collective action claims asserted in the complaint, ECF No. 1, are 21 dismissed without prejudice. The court is satisfied that dismissal does not prejudice the 22 putative class, given this case is only a year old and there is nothing in the record indicating class 23 members are likely to have relied on this action to vindicate their interests. See Del Rio v. 24 CreditAnswers, LLC, No. 10-346, 2011 WL 1869881, at *2 (S.D. Cal. May 16, 2011) (the court 25 may consider “‘whether the proposed settlement and dismissal are tainted by collusion or will 26 prejudice absent putative members with a reasonable reliance expectation of the maintenance of 27 the action for the protection of their interests,’” and the court may “‘inquire into possible 28 prejudice from . . . lack of adequate time for class members to file other actions, because of a 1 1 rapidly approaching statute of limitations.’” (quoting Diaz v. Trust Territory of Pac. Islands, 2 876 F.2d 1401, 1407–08 & n.3 (9th Cir. 1989))); see, e.g., Castro v. Zenith Acquisition Corp., 3 No. 06-04163, 2007 WL 81905, at *2 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 9, 2007). All parties are to bear their own 4 costs and fees. 5 6 The motion for approval of settlement is denied as moot. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the case. 7 This order resolves ECF Nos. 15 & 18. 8 IT IS SO ORDERED. 9 DATED: November 17, 2021. 10 11 2

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