Ambat et al v. City & County of San Francisco et al

Filing 429

ORDER RE: SPECIAL MASTER INQUIRY (Illston, Susan) (Filed on 7/26/2016)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 7 MERCY AMBAT, et al., Case No. 07-cv-03622-SI Plaintiffs, 8 v. ORDER RE: SPECIAL MASTER INQUIRY 9 10 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, Defendant. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Re: Dkt. No. 428 12 13 The Court is in receipt of a letter from Special Master Hon. James J. McBride regarding a 14 recently-received petition for extraordinary award.1 The Master explains that while this petitioner 15 was awarded a per capita amount of damages, and while this petition for extraordinary damages 16 was dated prior to the May 3, 2016 deadline, the Master did not receive the petition until after the 17 Court entered its approval of the Master’s Report and the Report was served on plaintiffs. Id.; see 18 also Dkt. No. 426. This petitioner wrote to advise the Master that he had “received a copy of the 19 Settlement Funds and found that [his] name was not included in the settlement,” despite 20 “remain[ing] in contact with [plaintiffs’ attorney], Lawrence D. Murray, for updates[.]” Dkt. No. 21 428 at 3. The Master requests instructions from the Court on whether or not to consider the 22 petition for extraordinary damages and amend the Report. 23 Counsel for plaintiffs is ORDERED to file a statement with the Court concerning whether 24 the Court should vacate its previous order on the distribution of settlement funds and order the 25 Master to consider this late-filed petition and amend the Report. Such filing shall be made no later 26 27 28 1 The letter from the Master is dated June 22, 2016; the Court suspects that the intended date of the letter is July 22, 2016. This letter and its accompanying submissions are currently lodged under seal with the Court. 1 2 3 than August 29, 2016. In the meantime, counsel for plaintiffs is ORDERED not to distribute the settlement funds to the settling plaintiffs until further order of this Court. 4 5 6 7 8 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: July 26, 2016 ______________________________________ SUSAN ILLSTON United States District Judge 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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