Leuzinger v. County of Lake

Filing 259

ORDER re Distributions to be made from the Leuzinger Section 468B Trust re 257 Stipulation. Signed by Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong, on 9/9/09. (lrc, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/10/2009) Modified on 9/11/2009 (jlm, COURT STAFF).

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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 STEPHEN M. MURPHY (SBN 103768) JEREMY A. GRAHAM (SBN 234166) LAW OFFICES OF STEPHEN M. MURPHY 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 940 San Francisco, CA 94104 Tel: (415) 986-1338 Fax: (415) 986-1231 SUSAN SHER (SBN WA 14210) LAW OFFICES OF SUSAN SHER 116 South State Street Ukiah, California 95482 Tel: (707) 463-1196 Fax: (707) 462-6258 CHRIS R. REDBURN (SBN 77858) LAW OFFICES OF CHRIS R. REDBURN 785 Market Street, Suite 1150 San Francisco, CA 94103 Tel: (415) 512-7601 Fax: (415) 512-1031 Attorneys for Plaintiff, SHARON L. LEUZINGER MARK A. JONES (SBN 96494) KRISTEN K. PRESTIN (SBN 125455) JONES & DYER A Professional Corporation 1800 J Street Sacramento, CA 95812 Tel: (916) 552-5959 Fax: (916) 442-5959 Attorneys for Defendant, COUNTY OF LAKE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SHARON L. LEUZINGER, Plaintiff, -v) Case No. C 06-0398 SBA ) ) ) ) ORDER APPROVING ) DISTRIBUTIONS FROM ) LEUZINGER SECTION ) 468B TRUST ) ) ) ) -1- COUNTY OF LAKE, Defendant. ORDER APPROVING DISTRIBUTIONS FROM LEUZINGER SECTION 468B TRUST 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 Pursuant to the parties' Stipulation Regarding Distributions From Leuzinger Section 468B Trust, the Court makes the following findings of fact: 1. On January 26, 2006, plaintiff Sharon L. Leuzinger filed a complaint in this Court against defendant Lake County ("the County"), alleging nine causes of action for employment discrimination and state and federal statutory violations. 2. After a jury trial, a verdict was entered in favor of Leuzinger on three state causes of action on September 24, 2007, and on October 31, 2007, the Court entered Judgment in Leuzinger's favor in the sum of $1,697,001. 3. On January 27, 2009 the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong approved establishment of the Leuzinger Section 468B Trust [Docket No. 251] ("the Trust."). The Trust is a "disputed ownership trust" governed by 26 U.S.C. 468B(g) and 26 C.F.R. 1.468B-9 4. On March 3, 2008, the County filed a Notice of Appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 5. On March 24, 2009, the County deposited the sum of $1,796,884.79 in the Trust which reflected full payment of the judgment, together with costs and accrued interest. 6. On March 30, this Court issued an Order Awarding Plaintiff Attorneys' Fees in the total amount of $735,500.50. 7. Pursuant to the County's Notice of Appeal, both parties filed briefs in the Ninth Circuit and on June 11, 2009, participated in oral argument. 8. Before a decision was rendered by the Ninth Circuit, the parties participated in a mediation at which plaintiff claimed to have accrued additional attorneys' fees in the amount of $165,565.00 since the motion for attorneys' fees had been filed, and further claimed accrued interest on the statutorily-awarded fees of $10,912.87 and on the pending statutory fees of $48,478.95. A settlement of this entire matter was reached at the mediation which required the County to pay the total sum of $2.5 million. 9. On July 10, 2009, the parties filed a Stipulation to Dismiss the appeal in the Ninth Circuit and on July 22, 2009, the Ninth Circuit dismissed the appeal pursuant to that Stipulation. 10. In addition to the amount of $1,796,884.79 which has been paid into the Trust, as per the ORDER APPROVING DISTRIBUTIONS FROM LEUZINGER SECTION 468B TRUST -2- 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 parties' mediated settlement agreement, the County has paid the additional amount of $703,115.21 into the Trust. ACCORDINGLY, pursuant to the Stipulation of the parties the Court Orders that distributions shall be made from the Leuzinger Section 468B Trust as follows: (a) $352,113.69 to the Law Offices of Stephen M. Murphy as attorneys' fees and costs; (b) $147,866.62 to Sharon Leuzinger; ( c) $500,000.00 to BARCO Assignments, Ltd., for periodic payments for attorneys' fees to Susan Sher; (d) $500,000.00 to BARCO Assignments, Ltd., for periodic payments for attorneys' fees to Stephen M. Murphy; (e) $1,000,000.00 to BARCO Assignments, Ltd., for periodic payments to Sharon Leuzinger; and (f) Any residual funds remaining in the Trust to the Stephen M. Murphy Trust Account for distribution to Leuzinger and her attorneys according to their agreement. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 9/9/09 SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG United States District Judge ORDER APPROVING DISTRIBUTIONS FROM LEUZINGER SECTION 468B TRUST -3-

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