Macedonia Church et al v. Lancaster Hotel LP et al
FINAL JUDGMENT dismissing case with prejudice; granting 272 Motion for Final Approval of Settlement; granting 266 Motion for Attorney Fees.Signed by Tucker L. Melancon on 06/09/2011. (Corey, B.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
Macedonia Church, et al.,
Case No. 05-0153 (TLM)
Lancaster Hotel, LP, Masspa Realty Corp.,
and Fine Hotels Corp.,
Before the Court is the Parties’ May 31, 2011 Joint Motion for Final Settlement Approval
[Rec. Doc. 272] and Class Counsel David Cohen’s May 11, 2011 Motion for Attorney’s Fees
[Rec. Doc. 266]. Based on the record of this proceeding, including but not limited to the
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that the Court has made and that have been filed [Rec.
Doc. 278], as well as for oral reasons assigned this date, it is
ORDERED that all of the terms and provisions of the Settlement Agreement, which the
Court previously gave preliminary approval and found to be fair, reasonable, and adequate as it
applies to the Class [Rec. Doc. 262], are given final approval for purposes of Rule 23(e). The
Court orders consummation of all of the terms and provisions of the Settlement Agreement. The
Parties’ Joint Motion for Final Settlement Approval [Rec. Doc. 272] is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in addition to the payments to Settlement Class
Members provided for in the Settlement Agreement, the Court awards payments in the amount of
$125,000.00 to Macedonia Church and $50,000.00 each to DeWitt Stevens, Jr., Addie Stevens,
Michael Rumble, and Merle Rumble and directs Defendants to pay such amounts through Class
Counsel. The Court has been advised that Class Counsel will honor the assignments in favor of
Macedonia Church previously made by Pastor and Mrs. Stevens, Pastor and Mrs. Rumble, and
most of the members of the Settlement Class.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Class Counsel David Cohen’s Motion for Attorney’s
Fees [Rec. Doc. 266] is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Settlement Agreement shall be binding on all
Defendants and all Plaintiffs, including all members of the Class who have not been excluded
pursuant to the Settlement Agreement.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Court hereby dismisses on the merits and with
prejudice the Second Amended Complaint filed in this Court, styled Macedonia Church, et al. v.
Lancaster Hotel Limited Partnership, et al., Case No.: 05-CV-153 (TLM). In addition, the Court
also dismisses all claims which any Class Members alleged or could have alleged in any way
relating to or arising out of Defendants’ alleged denial of accommodations on the basis of race,
alleged race discrimination, or alleged violations of law. Upon the Effective Date of Final
Approval as defined in the Settlement Agreement, the Named Plaintiffs and each Class Member
shall be deemed to have, and by operation of the Final Judgment based on the Court’s Findings
of Fact and Conclusions of Law shall have, released, waived and discharged Lancaster Hotel
Limited Partnership, MASSPA Realty Corporation, and Fine Hotels, Corp., including all of their
past, present, and future direct and indirect parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions,
predecessors, successors, partners, joint venturers, affiliated organizations, insurers, assigns, and
each of their past, present, and future officers, directors, members, trustees, agents, employees,
attorneys, contractors, representatives, and any other persons or entities acting on their behalf
(the “Released Parties”) from any and all claims, debts, liabilities, demands, obligations,
guarantees, penalties, costs, expenses, attorneys’ fees, damages, actions, or causes of action of
every type and description, of whatever kind or nature, whether known or unknown, that were
alleged or could have been alleged in the Litigation or that in any manner arise out of or relate to
Defendants’ alleged denial of accommodations on the basis of race, alleged race discrimination,
or alleged violations of law, that have asserted or could have been asserted against the Released
Parties at any time up to and including the Effective Date of Final Approval.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if (a) the Effective Date of Final Approval does not
occur for any reason whatsoever, or (b) the Settlement Agreement becomes null and void
pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the Court’s Findings of Fact and Conclusions
of Law and Final Judgment shall be deemed vacated and shall have no force or effect
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that without affecting the finality of the Findings of Fact
and Conclusions of Law and Final Judgment, the Court reserves continuing and exclusive
jurisdiction over the parties, including all members of the Class as defined above, and the
execution, consummation, administration, and enforcement of the terms of the Settlement
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of this Court is directed to enter this Final
Signed at Bridgeport, Connecticut this 9th day of June, 2011.
Tucker L. Melançon
United States District Judge
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