Parrish et al v. National Football League Players Incorporated

Filing 721

Declaration of Ronald S. Katz in Support of 720 MOTION For Final Order Approving Payments to GLA Class filed byHerbert Anthony Adderley. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 6 to Declaration)(Related document(s) 720 ) (Katz, Ronald) (Filed on 10/5/2010)

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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 MANATT, PHELPS & PHILLIPS, LLP RONALD S. KATZ (Bar No. CA 085713) E-mail: rkatz@manatt.com RYAN S. HILBERT (California Bar No. 210549) E-mail: rhilbert@manatt.com NOEL S. COHEN (California Bar No. 219645) E-mail: ncohen@manatt.com 1001 Page Mill Road, Building 2 Palo Alto, CA 94304-1006 Telephone: (650) 812-1300 Facsimile: (650) 213-0260 McKOOL SMITH, P.C. LEWIS T. LECLAIR (Bar No. CA 077136) E-mail: lleclair@mckoolsmith 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 Dallas, TX 75201 Telephone: (214) 978-4000 Facsimile: (214) 978-4044 Attorneys for Plaintiffs UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION BERNARD PAUL PARRISH, HERBERT ANTHONY ADDERLEY, and WALTER ROBERTS, III on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs vs. NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION, a Virginia corporation, and NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS INCORPORATED d/b/a PLAYERS INC, a Virginia corporation, Defendants. CIVIL ACTION NO. C07 0943 WHA DECLARATION OF RONALD S. KATZ IN SUPPORT OF CLASS COUNSELS' STATUS UPDATE AND MOTION FOR FINAL ORDER APPROVING PAYMENTS TO THE GLA CLASS DECLARATION OF RONALD S. KATZ Page 1 Civil Action No. C07 0943 WHA 300157010.1 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 I, Ronald S. Katz, declare as follows: 1. I am an attorney duly licensed to practice law before the Courts of the State of California and am a counsel of record in this matter. I am a partner with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP ("Manatt"), co-counsel of record for the Plaintiff Class in this case. I am submitting this Declaration in support of Class Counsels' Status Update and Motion for Final Order Approving Payments to the GLA Class. The following declaration is based upon my personal knowledge. If called as a witness I could and would competently testify to the facts set forth herein. 2. On December 11, 2009, Class Counsel caused the Garden City Group, Inc. (the "Claims Administrator") to mail each Class Member for whom we had a known address a first Claim Form and Release ("Claim Form"). The Claim Form stated that the recipient must return a completed Claim Form to the Claims Administrator on or before February 9, 2010, to share in the settlement amount. 3. In or around March 2010, Class Counsel instructed the Claims Administrator to deliver a second Claim Form and Release to each Class Member who had yet to submit a completed Claim Form and for whom we had a known address. The second Claim Form stated that the recipient must return a completed Claim Form to the Claims Administrator on or before June 1, 2010. 4. In mid-August 2010 Order, Class Counsel caused the Claims Administrator to individually populate third Claim Forms and to deliver those Claim Forms to each of those 76 additional Class Members for whom we and the Claims Administrator were able to obtain updated addresses. 5. Around this time, Class Counsel also obtained updated contact information from DECLARATION OF RONALD S. KATZ Page 2 Civil Action No. C07 0943 WHA 300157010.1 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 three Class Members who called to inquire about the lawsuit. These Class Members were Kerry L. Cash, Stephen Wisniewski, and Otis Wonsley. Because we never had current addresses for these three Class Members, and thus previous efforts to reach them had been unsuccessful, we instructed the Claims Administrator to immediately send them third Claim Forms. 6. I am informed that, on July 27, 2010, former Oakland Raider Jack Tatum passed away. Thereafter, a third claim form was sent to his widow, Denise Tatum, and returned to Class Counsel. In addition, a third Claim Form also was returned to Class Counsel by the widow of Don R. Paul. 7. Six Class Members contacted the Class Administrator or Class Counsel and indicated that they did not receive the Claim Form that was mailed to them, or that they returned the Claim Form even though the Class Administrator does not have a record of it. These six Class Members are: Georgia Buchanan, Darrell Colbert, Ray Ethridge, Nick Lowery, Ray Perkins and Doug Williams. Attached hereto as Exhibit 1 is a summary of the individual situations for each of those six Class Members. 8. Class Counsel sent each of the six class members a letter informing them that they were not entitled to any settlement funds under the strict terms of the claims process because of the failure to return a completed Claim Form by the deadline. Nonetheless, Class Counsel requested additional information so that Class Counsel could seek guidance from the Court with respect to their specific situations. In order to assist the Court, Class Counsel asked these Class Members to submit a completed third Claim Form, which was enclosed, along with a letter explaining why they either did not or were unable to timely return a Claim Form within the deadline. Collectively attached as Exhibit 2 to the Katz Declaration are the six letters (with enclosures) that Class Counsel sent. Five of these letters were sent Certified Mail Return Receipt DECLARATION OF RONALD S. KATZ Page 3 Civil Action No. C07 0943 WHA 300157010.1 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 Requested and Class Counsel received Return Receipts for all five letters. The sixth letter was sent via e-mail because of time concerns. 9. Class Counsel also sent a letter and third Claim Form to a seventh Class Member, Randy White. Mr. White claims that he never received a first or second claim form, and the Class Administrator does not have a record of receiving any from him. Mr. White's letter and claim form was sent Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested and Class Counsel received a Return Receipt for Mr. White. Class Counsel also phoned Mr. White to follow up on their letter. Unfortunately, as of the time of this filing, Mr. White has not responded to Class Counsel's communications. 10. As of September 27, 2010, five of the six Class Members referenced above responded with written explanations: Georgia Buchanan, Darrell Colbert, Ray Ethridge, Ray Perkins and Nick Lowery. These responses are collectively attached as Exhibit 3 to the Katz Declaration. One other player, Doug Williams, returned a completed Claim Form, but did not submit an explanatory response. 11. Attached hereto as Exhibit 4 is spreadsheet showing how much each player who has submitted a third claim form is expected to receive. This spreadsheet includes the six Class Members mentioned above, as well for the two players whose Claim Forms were received after the deadline. The accuracy of the numbers in this spreadsheet have been confirmed by Class Counsels' damages expert, LECG. 12. After conferring with my co-counsel, we have determined to recommend to the Court that payment be made for the claims of the six additional Class Members who recently submitted late claim forms and the two additional Class Members, Hayes and Davis, who submitted late claim forms. Balancing overall fairness and equity weighs in favor of payment to DECLARATION OF RONALD S. KATZ Page 4 Civil Action No. C07 0943 WHA 300157010.1 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 any eligible Class Member. We request that the Court rule upon this request. 13. Attached hereto as Exhibit 5 is spreadsheet showing how much each player who has submitted a third Claim Form would be expected to receive if the eight Class Members discussed above were excluded. As above, the accuracy of the numbers in this spreadsheet also have been confirmed by Class Counsels' damages expert, LECG. 14. Attached hereto as Exhibit 6 is an invoice from LECG for its work in confirming the accuracy of the numbers that have appeared on Class Counsel's spreadsheets. I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the forgoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. Signed this 5th day of October, 2010, at Palo Alto, California. /S/ RONALD S. KATZ_____________ Ronald S. Katz DECLARATION OF RONALD S. KATZ Page 5 Civil Action No. C07 0943 WHA 300157010.1

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