Grace v. Apple, Inc.

Filing 457

Order by Judge Lucy H. Koh granting 435 Final Approval of Class Action Settlement. (lhklc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/31/2021)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 11 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 SAN JOSE DIVISION 12 13 14 CHRISTINA GRACE and KEN POTTER, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, APPLE INC., Defendants. 18 20 21 Re: Dkt. No. 435 v. 16 19 ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT Plaintiffs, 15 17 Case No. 5:17-CV-00551-LHK Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ motion for final approval of the parties’ class action settlement (“Settlement”). ECF No. 435. On September 10, 2020, the Court preliminarily approved the Settlement, ECF No. 426 (“Preliminary Approval Order”). On February 8, 2021, the 22 Court held a hearing to consider final approval of the Settlement. Having considered all the 23 briefing, the arguments of counsel, the relevant law, and the record in this case, the Court hereby 24 GRANTS the parties’ motion for final approval of the Settlement and makes determinations as 25 follows: 26 27 28 1 Case No. 17-CV-00551-LHK ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 1. 2 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(c)(2)(B) requires that the settling parties provide class members with “the best notice that is practicable under the circumstances, including 3 individual notice to all members who can be identified through reasonable effort. The notice must 4 clearly and concisely state in plain, easily understood language: (i) the nature of the action; (ii) the 5 definition of the class certified; (iii) the class claims, issues, or defenses; (iv) that a class member 6 may enter an appearance through an attorney if the member so desires; (v) that the court will 7 exclude from the class any member who requests exclusion; (vi) the time and manner for 8 requesting exclusion; and (vii) the binding effect of a class judgment on members under Rule 9 10 23(c)(3).” The Court finds that the Notice Plan, which was direct notice sent to 99.8% of the Settlement Class via email and U.S. Mail, has been implemented in compliance with this Court’s 11 United States District Court Northern District of California Order (ECF No. 426) and complies with Rule 23(c)(2)(B). 12 2. 13 On September 19, 2018, this Court issued a class certification order certifying a class pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) defined as “[a]ll owners of non- 14 jailbroken Apple iPhone 4 or Apple iPhone 4S devices in California who on April 16, 2014, had 15 iOS 6 or earlier operating systems on their iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S devices.” ECF No. 269. On 16 September 10, 2020, this Court issued an Order preliminarily approving the Settlement and 17 finding that the proposed Settlement Class was consistent with the previously-certified class, and 18 therefore met the requirements of Rule 23. ECF No. 426. The Court finds that the Settlement Class 19 meets the Rule 23 requirements and certifies the Settlement Class. 20 3. The Court further finds that the terms of the Settlement are fair, reasonable and 21 adequate to the Class and to each Class Member. Class Members who did not timely submit opt 22 out forms will be bound by the Settlement. 23 4. The Court finds that the distribution plan is fair, adequate, and reasonable. Here, 24 the amount of payments to each participating Settlement Class Member will be calculated based 25 on each Settlement Class Member’s proportional share of the Net Settlement Fund, i.e., the Net 26 27 28 2 Case No. 17-CV-00551-LHK ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT 1 Settlement Fund balance divided by the total number of eligible devices. The vast majority of 2 Settlement Class Members will receive payment automatically without the need to file a claim 3 form. 4 5. The Court finds that the claims administrator’s fees are fair and reasonable. 6. The Settlement is ordered finally approved. All terms and provisions of the 5 6 Settlement should be and hereby are ordered to be consummated. 7 7. Without affecting the finality of this order in any way, the Court retains jurisdiction 8 of all matters relating to the interpretation, administration, implementation, effectuation and 9 enforcement of this order and the Settlement. 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 Date: March 31, 2021 13 14 15 ______________________________________ LUCY H. KOH United States District Judge 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 Case No. 17-CV-00551-LHK ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

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