Mata et al v. Manpower Inc. / California Peninsula et al

Filing 190

Order by Hon. Lucy H. Koh Granting 188 Supplemental Renewed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement.(lhklc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/24/2017)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION 9 10 JUVENTINA MATA, et al., United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK Plaintiffs, ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT v. MANPOWER INC. / CALIFORNIA PENINSULA, et al., Re: Dkt. No. 188 Defendants. Before the Court is Plaintiffs Claudia Padilla and Lesli Guido’s Renewed Supplemental 17 Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement. ECF No. 188. The Court finds 18 that the instant motion is appropriate for resolution without oral argument and therefore 19 VACATES the hearing scheduled for January 26, 2017. Having reviewed Plaintiffs’ renewed 20 supplemental motion, ECF No. 188, the parties’ two previous motions for preliminary approval, 21 22 ECF Nos. 184, 176, 175, and the parties’ Joint Stipulation of Class Action Settlement (“Settlement”), ECF No. 188-1, along with the files and records of this case, the Court hereby 23 GRANTS Plaintiff’s Renewed Supplemental Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action 24 Settlement. Accordingly, the Court VACATES the February 16, 2017 pre-trial conference and the 25 March 20, 2017 jury trial. 26 27 28 1 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 I. CONDITIONAL CERTIFICATION OF SETTLEMENT CLASS 2 A. 3 For settlement purposes, the parties have proposed conditional certification of the 4 following settlement class (the “Class”): All current and former non-exempt, hourly associates who worked for Defendant Manpower, Inc./California Peninsula from April 12, 2009 through September 8, 2016 and all current and former non-exempt, hourly associates who worked for Defendants Manpower Inc., ManpowerGroup Inc., and ManpowerGroup US Inc. from February 13, 2009 through September 8, 2016. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any person who performed work and/or suffered violations of any law occurring while such person was in the employ of either Manpower US Inc. and/or CPM LTD d/b/a Manpower of San Diego and Manpower Temporary Services shall not be considered a Class Member with respect to such employment. 5 6 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Settlement Class B. Conditional Certification 12 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (“Rule”) 23, the Court hereby certifies the 13 Class for the sole and limited purpose of implementing the terms of the Settlement. Entry of this 14 Order is without prejudice to the rights of Defendants to oppose certification of a class in this 15 action should the proposed Settlement not be granted final approval. 16 II. APPOINTMENT OF CLASS REPRESENTATIVES AND CLASS COUNSEL 17 A. 18 The Court finds and concludes that Plaintiffs Claudia Padilla and Lesli Guido have claims 19 typical of the Class Members and are adequately representative of Class Members. The Court 20 hereby appoints Plaintiffs Claudia Padilla and Lesli Guido to serve as Class Representatives. Class Representatives 21 B. 22 The Court appoints Plaintiffs’ counsel, Fitzpatrick, Spini & Swanston and Wanger Jones Class Counsel 23 Helsley PC as Class Counsel. 24 III. PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT 25 The Court has reviewed the terms of the Settlement, including the plan of allocation and 26 the release of claims. ECF No. 188-1. The Court has read and considered Plaintiffs’ two previous 27 motions for preliminary approval, as well as the declarations in support of each motion. ECF No. 28 2 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 184; ECF No. 176; ECF No. 175. Based on review of those papers and the record in this case, the 2 Court finds that the Settlement is the result of arms-length negotiations between the parties 3 conducted after Class Counsel had adequately investigated Plaintiffs’ claims and become familiar 4 with their strengths and weaknesses. The assistance of an experienced mediator in the settlement 5 process confirms that the Settlement is non-collusive. Based on all of these factors, the Court finds 6 that the proposed Settlement meets the criteria for preliminary settlement approval. The Settlement 7 has no obvious defects and falls within the range of possible approval as fair, adequate, and 8 reasonable, such that notice to the Class is appropriate. 9 IV. 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 APPROVAL OF THE CLASS NOTICE, EXCLUSION FORM AND MANNER OF DISTRIBUTION The parties have also submitted for this Court’s approval a proposed Notice of Settlement (attached as Exhibit B to the Renewed Motion, ECF No. 188-1), and proposed Opt-Out Form (attached as Exhibit 2 to Joint Stipulation of Class Action Settlement, ECF No. 176) (collectively, “Class Notice”). The parties have also proposed a plan for distributing these documents in English and Spanish to Class Members after the Court grants preliminary approval of the Settlement. ECF No. 188-1, at 14–17. After carefully reviewing these documents and plan of distribution, the Court finds as follows: A. Best Notice Practicable The proposed Class Notice is the best notice practicable under the circumstances and allows the Class Members a full and fair opportunity to consider the Settlement. The Class Notice fairly, plainly, accurately, and reasonably informs Class Members of: (1) appropriate information about the nature of this action, the definition of the Class, the identity of Class Counsel, and the essential terms of the Settlement, including the plan of allocation; (2) appropriate information about related class action lawsuits and how those lawsuits would be affected by settlement in the instant case; (3) appropriate information about Plaintiffs’ and Class Counsels’ forthcoming applications for the Class Representatives’ Service Payment and Class Counsels attorneys’ fees and costs; (4) appropriate information about how settlement payments 27 28 3 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 will be calculated, how to receive a settlement payment, the Class Member’s estimated gross 2 individual settlement payment under the Settlement, and the procedures by which Class Members 3 may contest Defendants’ records of their employment history, which may affect their monetary 4 recovery under the Settlement; (5) appropriate information about this Court’s procedures for final 5 approval of the Settlement and about Class Members’ right to appear if they desire; (6) appropriate 6 information about how to object to or opt out of the Settlement; and (7) appropriate instructions to 7 obtain additional information regarding this action and the Settlement. B. 9 The proposed Opt-Out Form fairly, accurately, and reasonably informs Class Members of 10 the process to follow if they want to exclude themselves from the Settlement, thereby foregoing 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 8 Opt-Out Form any right to collect a payment under the Settlement, but preserving their ability to pursue an 12 individual claim against Defendants. 13 C. Plan of Distribution 14 The proposed plan for distributing the Class Notice is likewise is a reasonable method 15 calculated to reach all individuals who would be bound by the Settlement. Under this plan, within 16 fifteen (15) calendar days after the date of the instant Order, Defendants will provide the 17 Settlement Administrator with the last known address and telephone number, social security 18 number, dates of employment of all Class Members and their total wage statements received 19 during the class periods. 20 Within twenty-one (21) calendar days after Defendants provide the database to the 21 Settlement Administrator, the Settlement Administrator will mail, by first-class mail, the Class 22 Notice in both English and Spanish to all Class Members at their last known address, unless 23 modified by any updated address information that the Settlement Administrator obtains in the 24 course of administration of the Settlement. Prior to the mailing of the Class Notice, the Settlement 25 Administrator will update any new address information for Class Members as may be available 26 through the National Change of Address database or equivalent system. 27 28 The Settlement Administrator will trace all returned undeliverable Class Notice and re4 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 mail them to the most recent address available within seven (7) days following receipt of the 2 returned mail. For any Class Notices returned to the Settlement Administrator without a 3 forwarding address, the Settlement Administrator shall conduct one computer “skiptrace” search 4 to obtain an updated address, and shall promptly re-mail the Class Notice to any newly-found 5 address or addresses. The re-mailed Class Notice shall be identical to the original Class Notice. The Settlement Administrator will take all other necessary action in furtherance of the 6 7 administration of the Settlement as are specified in the Settlement Agreement. D. 9 The Court finds and concludes that the proposed plan for distributing the Class Notice will 10 provide the best notice practicable, satisfies all legal and due process requirements. Accordingly, 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 8 Approval the Court hereby orders as follows: 12 1. The Class Notice is approved. 13 2. The manner of distributing the Class Notice to the Class is approved. 14 3. Promptly following the entry of this Order, the Settlement Administrator will 15 prepare a final version of the Class Notice, incorporating into it the relevant dates and deadlines 16 set forth in this Order. The Class Notice will be initially prepared in English and then, once 17 finalized, translated into Spanish. 4. 18 Except as otherwise specified herein, the Court for purposes of this Order adopts all 19 defined terms set forth in the Settlement. 20 V. PROCEDURES FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF THE SETTLEMENT 21 A. 22 The Court hereby schedules a hearing to determine whether to grant final approval of the 23 Settlement (the “Final Approval Hearing”) for May 11, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8 of this 24 Court, located at 280 South 1st Street, San Jose, California. 25 26 27 28 B. Final Approval Hearing Deadline to Elect Not to Participate in the Settlement 1. Form of Election Class Members may exclude themselves from participating in the Settlement. To do so, the 5 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 Class Member must submit a completed Opt-Out Form that is (1) signed and dated; (2) returned 2 by mail to the Settlement Administrator at the specified address; and (3) postmarked on or before 3 the deadline. The date of the postmark on the return mailing envelope shall be the exclusive means 4 used to determine whether an Opt-Out Form has been timely submitted. 2. 5 Deadline for Submitting Opt-Out Form Class Members will have forty-five (45) calendar days after the date on which the 7 Settlement Administrator mails the Class Notice to submit to the Settlement Administrator a valid 8 Opt-Out Form not to participate in the Settlement. A valid Opt-Out Form will be deemed timely 9 submitted to the Settlement Administrator if it is mailed to the Settlement Administrator by first- 10 class mail and postmarked by not later than forty-five (45) calendar days after the Settlement 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 6 Administrator first mails the Class Notice to the Class Members. Only those Class Members who 12 submit a completed Opt-Out Form within the time and by the manner set forth in this Order will 13 be excluded from the Settlement. The Settlement will have no binding effect on any Class 14 Member who properly elects not to participate in the Settlement in the manner required by this 15 Order. 16 C. Defendants Right to Rescind the Settlement Agreement 17 In the event that 10% or more of the Class Members elect to opt out of the Settlement, 18 Defendants may, at their election, rescind the Settlement and all actions taken in its furtherance of 19 it will be thereby null and void. Defendants’ must exercise this right of rescission, in writing, 20 within seven (7) calendar days after the Settlement Administrator first notifies the Parties that the 21 conditions expressed in this paragraph have been satisfied. 22 D. 23 Any Class Member who wishes to object to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of 24 the Settlement must do so in writing, postmarked no later than forty-five (45) calendar days after 25 the date that the Class Notice is first mailed to Class Members by the Settlement Administrator. 26 Objections must be mailed to the Settlement Administrator, who will provide notice of such 27 objection to the parties. Class Counsel and Defendants’ counsel will then provide notice of the 28 Deadline for Filing Objections to Settlement 6 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 objection to the Court. Any Class Member who does not timely mail such a written objection will 2 not be permitted to raise such objection, except for good cause shown, and any Class Member who 3 fails to object in the manner prescribed by this Order will be deemed to have waived, and will be 4 foreclosed from raising, any such objection. Class Members who have timely objected to the 5 Settlement in writing may also appear at the Final Approval Hearing. Deadline for Motion for Class Counsels Attorneys’ Fees and Costs Award 6 E. 7 Not later than fourteen (14) calendar days before the deadline for objection or exclusion, 8 Plaintiffs will file a motion for approval of their Class Counsels attorneys’ fees and costs. The 9 motion for Class Counsels attorneys’ fees and costs shall be heard concurrently with the motion for final approval on May 11, 2017. 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 VI. RELEASE OF CLAIMS 12 If, at the Final Approval Hearing, this Court grants final approval to the Settlement, 13 Plaintiffs and every Class Member who does not validly and timely request not to participate in 14 the Settlement will, pursuant to the Settlement, be adjudicated to have granted the release of 15 claims as set forth in the Settlement. 16 VII. 17 APPOINTMENT OF SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATOR CPT Group, Inc. is hereby appointed Settlement Administrator to carry out the duties set 18 forth in this Order and the Settlement. 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 21 22 23 Dated: January 24, 2017 ______________________________________ LUCY H. KOH United States District Judge 24 25 26 27 28 7 Case No. 14-CV-03787-LHK ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

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