Blose v. JARINC, Ltd. et al
ORDER Granting Plaintiffs' Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval. The Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval (ECF No. 142 ), including the Settlement Agreement attached thereto as Exhibit 1, is hereby GRANTED. Plaintiffs' ; Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint (ECF No. 133 ) is GRANTED. A Final Fairness Hearing will be held on August 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., in Courtroom A601 of the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, CO 80294, before the Honorable Raymond P. Moore. By Judge Raymond P. Moore on February 18, 2021. (rvill, )
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Raymond P. Moore
Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-02184-RM-SKC
NATHAN BLOSE, et al., on behalf of himself and those similarly situated,
JARINC, LTD. d/b/a Domino’s Pizza, et al.,
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS’ UNOPPOSED MOTION
FOR PRELIMINARY SETTLEMENT APPROVAL
The Court, having reviewed Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Settlement
Approval (ECF No. 142) and Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint
(ECF No. 133), hereby ORDERS and ADJUDGES:
1. The Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval (ECF No. 142), including the
Settlement Agreement attached thereto as Exhibit 1, is hereby GRANTED.
2. Plaintiffs’ Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint (ECF No. 133) is
3. Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(3), the following Proposed Class is certified for settlement
All current and former “traditional” delivery drivers employed from August
24, 2015 to December 31, 2020 at Defendants’ Domino’s stores owned,
operated, and/or controlled by Defendants.
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All current and former “on-demand” delivery drivers employed from
August 24, 2015 to December 31, 2020 at Defendants’ Domino’s stores
owned, operated, and/or controlled by Defendants.
4. The Proposed Class is also certified, for settlement purposes, as a collective action under
the Fair Labor Standards Act.
5. For the purposes of approving the proposed settlement, the Proposed Class of delivery
drivers in Colorado meets the requirements for certification of a settlement class under
Rules 23(a) and 23(b)(3) of the Rules of Civil Procedure: (a) the Proposed Class is
ascertainable and so numerous that joinder of all members of the Class is impracticable;
(b) there are questions of law or fact common to the Proposed Class; (c) certain claims of
Plaintiffs are typical of the claims of members of the Proposed Class; (d) Plaintiffs and
their counsel will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the Proposed Class;
(e) common issues predominate over individual issues; and (f) a class action is superior to
the other available methods for an efficient resolution of this controversy.
6. For purposes of approving the proposed settlement, that the members of the Proposed
Class are “similarly situated” for purposes of certification under 29 U.S.C. § 216.
7. The Court’s conditional findings are limited solely to the claims brought on behalf of the
Proposed Class. The Court’s findings are for purposes of certifying the Rule 23 class and
the FLSA collective action for settlement purposes only and will not have any claim or
issue preclusion or estoppel effects in any other case or action against Defendants, or in
this case, if the settlement is not finally approved.
8. The proposed settlement falls within the “range of reasonableness” and therefore the
Court grants preliminary approval of the settlement. Based on a review of the papers
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submitted by the parties, the Court finds that the settlement is the result of arms-length
negotiations conducted after Class Counsel has adequately investigated the claims and
became familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of those claims.
9. The Notice of Settlement and Claim Form and procedure set forth in the Settlement
Agreement for providing notice to the Class will provide the best notice practicable,
satisfies the notice requirements of Rule 23(e), adequately advises the Proposed Class of
their rights under the settlement, and therefore meets the requirements of due process and
a. The Notice of Settlement fairly, plainly, accurately, and reasonably informs the
Proposed Class 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 distribution; (2) appropriate information about
Plaintiffs’ and Class Counsel’s applications for the class representative’s service
payment and the Class Counsel’s attorney fees and litigation costs award;
(3) appropriate information about how to claim a share of the proceeds under the
settlement, and about the Proposed Class member’s right to appear through
counsel if they desire; (4) appropriate information about how to object to the
settlement or submit an opt-out request, if a Proposed Class member wishes to do
so; and (5) appropriate instructions about how to obtain additional information
regarding this case and settlement.
The proposed plan for mailing the Notice of Settlement and the Claim form by first class mail
and email to the Proposed Class members’ last known addresses is an appropriate method,
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reasonably designed to reach all individuals who would be bound by the settlement, and the
proposed Notice of Settlement and notice plan are the best practicable notice under the facts and
circumstances of this case. Likewise, the proposed plan of allowing the Administrator to take
reasonable measures to update contact information is likewise appropriate. Further, given the
length of time that class members can make claims, a website regarding the settlement, as
described in the Agreement, is also appropriate.
b. The proposed Claim Form allows Proposed Class members a full and fair
opportunity to submit a claim for proceeds under the Settlement. The Claim Form
fairly, accurately, and reasonably informs Proposed Class members that the
failure to complete and submit a Claim Form, in the manner and time specified,
will constitute a waiver of any right to obtain any share of the cash proceeds
under the Settlement.
10. The attorney fees associated with the Settlement, paid separately from the class
settlement fund, are provisionally approved. The requested costs are also provisionally
approved. The fees and costs will be approved after the final hearing occurs, taking into
account any objections.
11. The proposed service awards are approved and are reasonable.
12. The Parties are ordered to carry out the settlement according to its terms.
13. A Final Fairness Hearing will be held on August 17, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., in
Courtroom A601 of the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse, 901 19th Street, Denver, CO
80294, before the Honorable Raymond P. Moore. Any objectors wishing to be heard
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through themselves or counsel must comply with the terms of the Class Notice to submit
written objections and to appear at the Final Hearing to present such objections.
14. That any pleadings in support of the proposed settlement shall be filed by ten days before
the Final Fairness Hearing. In the event that the settlement is not finally approved, or
otherwise does not become effective, the Parties shall revert to their respective positions
as of before entering into the settlement as set forth in the Parties’ settlement agreement.
DATED this 18th day of February, 2021.
BY THE COURT:
RAYMOND P. MOORE
United States District Judge
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