Parrish et al v. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP et al

Filing 138

REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL BRIEFING AND ORDER RE CERTAIN RECIPIENTS re 137 Status Report,,, filed by Clifton McNeil, John Brodie, Paul Hornung, Roy Lee Jefferson, Marvin Cobb, Clinton Jones, Bob Grant, Walter Roberts, III, Walter Beach, Bernard Parrish, Chuck Bednarik. Status Report due by 8/22/2014. Signed by Judge Alsup on 8/19/2014. (whalc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/19/2014)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 BERNARD PARRISH, et al. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 Plaintiffs, No. C 10-03200 WHA v. MANATT PHELPS & PHILLIPS, LLP and MCCOOL SMITH, PC, REQUEST FOR ADDITIONAL BRIEFING AND ORDER RE CERTAIN RECIPIENTS Defendants. 15 / 16 17 Class counsel’s status update has been received and reviewed. Before the settlement 18 administration can be closed and the balance of legal fees can be paid to counsel, the Court 19 orders as follows: 20 1. 21 Class counsel identify 29 class members as persons whose settlement checks could not be CLASS MEMBERS WHOSE CHECKS ARE UNDELIVERABLE. 22 delivered due to a variety of reasons (Blecher Decl., Exh. A). Class counsel shall search for the 23 most current addresses of these members by using the National Change of Address database 24 (NCOALink), which is administered by the United States Postal Service and licensed to third- 25 party service providers. Once the most current addresses are identified, counsel shall promptly 26 send those individuals their settlement checks with a notice giving the recipients 30 days to cash 27 their checks. 28 2. CLASS MEMBERS WHOSE CHECKS WERE UNCASHED. 1 Class counsel identify 42 class members as persons who failed to timely cash their 2 settlement checks (Blecher Decl., Exh. B). In the status update, class counsel state that they sent 3 letters “to the Class Member or relative at the last address Class Counsel was able to determine 4 was valid.” Class counsel shall clarify whether the letters were actually delivered or returned as 5 undeliverable. In addition, class counsel shall clarify what steps they have taken to ensure that 6 the envelopes and letters sent out to class members were not accidentally discarded as junk mail, 7 such as if the letters indicated that the settlement distribution was approved by the United States 8 District Court. 9 TOMMY KANE. Class counsels’ request to disburse Tommy Kane’s share of the settlement funds to Mrs. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 3. Ava Shaikh in her capacity as legal guardian of Mr. Kane’s children is GRANTED. Class counsel 12 shall file a notice with the proper court that the distribution was made to partially satisfy the 13 $590,000.00 plus interest judgment against Mr. Kane. 14 4. EMMETT BARRETT, JAY HILGENBERG, RON HOLMES AND JIM MANDICH. 15 Class counsel state that Jay Hilgenberg, Emmett Barrett’s widow, Jim Mandich’s widow, 16 and Ron Holmes’ son have all failed to send the proper documentation or failed to cash their 17 settlement checks after contacting class counsel about the settlement. Class counsel shall 18 telephone these parties one more time to determine whether a disbursement can be made and 19 finalized. Please report back on each response. 20 21 22 5. CLASS MEMBERS WHO DECLINED SETTLEMENT FUNDS AND REMAINING FUNDS. Five class members or their successors have either declined to accept their settlement 23 disbursement or declined to provide documentation to authenticate their right to the settlement 24 funds (as successors to a deceased class member). According to counsel, the daughter of one 25 deceased class member, Lynn Mills, additionally requested that her distribution be donated to a 26 worthy charity approved by the Court (Blecher Decl. ¶ 19). Class counsel shall submit three 27 worthy cy pres organizations that principally further the interests of the class in the instant 28 action. See Nachshin v. AOL, LLC, 663 F.3d 1034, 1039–41 (9th Cir. 2011). The Court 2 1 recognizes that counsel have proposed the Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston 2 University Medical School as one potential recipient. Once all possible distributions are made to 3 the remaining unpaid class members, the Court will select an organization to receive the cy pres 4 distribution. 5 6. DECEASED CLASS MEMBERS. 6 Class counsel identify 26 class members as deceased (Blecher Decl., Exhs. A & B). For 7 the benefit of developing a full record, class counsel shall file a list of all deceased class 8 members’ known next of kin and their mailing addresses. If class counsel are unable to secure 9 authentication of an individual’s claim as next of kin or successor to a deceased class member, 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 they should indicate so on the list. Please file a status update and response to this order, not to exceed ten pages, by NOON ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 22. 13 14 IT IS SO ORDERED. 15 16 Dated: August 19, 2014. WILLIAM ALSUP UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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