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