Janson et al v. LegalZoom.com, Inc.
PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER. Signed on 11/14/2011 by District Judge Nanette K. Laughrey. (Baldwin, Joella)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
TODD JANSON, et al., on behalf of
themselves and on behalf of all others
Case No. 2:10-CV-04018-NKL
PRELIMINARY APPROVAL ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on the parties’ joint motion for preliminary
approval of settlement. The Court has considered the Settlement Agreement and Release and
the submissions of the parties.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
The Court finds that the proposed settlement and release, the terms of which
are fully set forth in the Settlement Agreement, are fair, reasonable and adequate. The
settlement as proposed is preliminarily approved.
The parties stipulate to settlement on behalf of the certified class defined as
All persons and other entities resident within the State of
Missouri who were charged and paid fees to LegalZoom for the
preparation of legal documents from December 17, 2004 to May
The class includes purchasers of the following products during the class period:
Bylaws & Resolutions
General Partnership Agreement
Joint Venture Agreement
Last Will and Testament
Limited Liability Partnership
Pet Protection Agreement
Power of Attorney
Real Estate Deed Transfer
Real Estate Lease
The class does not include those who previously received a refund of their full
purchase amount, those who previously opted out of the class, or those who properly opt-out
of this settlement.
A final approval hearing on the fairness and reasonableness of the proposed
settlement and whether the final approval should be granted, and further, application for fees
and expenses by counsel for the class will be held before this Court on April 13, 2012, at
The Court approves the proposed electronic form of notice to the class and the
digital electronic claim form, to be directed to the email address of the class members as
shown in Defendant’s records. The Court also approves the form of notice and claim form
to be mailed by U.S. mail to those class members without a valid email address. The Claims
Administrator will email or cause to be mailed by U.S. mail the notice to class members by
January 13, 2012, which is sixty (60) days after the date of this Order. The Court finds that
the dissemination of notice by electronic mail or U.S. mail satisfies the requirements of due
process and Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(c)(2)(B), and is the best notice practicable under the
Ten (10) days before the final approval hearing, the Claims Administrator shall
file a written report with LegalZoom, Class Counsel, and the Court confirming that the
notice requirements have been met.
Any class members who wish to object to the settlement must submit an
objection in writing to the Clerk of the United States District Court for the Western District
of Missouri, Central Division, no later than February 22, 2012, which is one hundred (100)
days following the entry of this order. As specified in the settlement agreement, any
objection must include the name and number of the case and a statement of the reason why
the objector believes that the Court should find that the proposed settlement is not in the best
interests of the class. Objectors who have filed timely written objections to the settlement
and wish to appear at the final approval hearing must also file with the Clerk a notice of
intent to appear at the hearing and appear at the final approval hearing. Except as otherwise
ordered by the Court, no person, other than named parties, may be heard at the fairness
hearing, or file briefs or papers in connection therewith, unless such person has filed with the
Court a timely written objection, filed a notice of intent to appear and otherwise fully
complied with all the terms specified in the Notice. Any member of the class who did not
make his or her objection to the settlement in the manner provided in the Notice shall be
deemed to have waived any such objection, except as otherwise ordered by the Court at the
hearing. Seven (7) days prior to the Fairness Hearing, the parties may file responses to any
properly asserted objections.
Class members electing to opt-out of the proposed settlement must send to the
Claims Administrator a written request for exclusion no later than February 22, 2011, which
is one hundred (100) days following the entry of this order as specified in the notice. The
notice of elections to opt-out will not be filed with the Court. Finally, the Settlement
Administrator will establish a settlement website as set forth in the Settlement Agreement.
The Court preliminarily finds the terms and provisions of the proposed
settlement, including the method of claim administration, terms pertaining to compensation
to class members and class representatives, non-monetary relief and attorneys fees, are fair,
reasonable and adequate.
Pending final determination of whether the settlement will be approved and in
aid of the Court’s jurisdiction, the Court adopts the provisions set forth in Section VI.A.1.j.
of the Settlement Agreement and prohibits Plaintiffs and Class Members from bringing other
actions on any of the Released Claims against any Released Party.
The Court preliminarily approves the use of the formula specified in Section
III (A) of the Settlement Agreement as a basis for allocating economic benefits to Class
Members. The Court also approves the non-monetary relief specified in Section III (B) of
the Settlement Agreement.
If the settlement is finally approved, the Court shall enter a final judgment
approving the settlement and incorporating it as the judgment of the Court, which judgment
shall be binding upon all members of the class who have not previously requested exclusion
in accordance with terms of this order and the class notice.
In the event that the proposed settlement is not approved by the Court, then the
settlement agreement, drafts of same, negotiations, discussions and communication relating
thereto, and all orders of the Court in connection therewith shall become null and void and
shall not be used or referred to for any purpose in this action or any other proceeding. In
such event, the Settlement Agreement and all negotiations and proceedings relating thereto
shall be withdrawn without prejudice to the rights of any of the parties thereto, who shall be
restored to their respective positions as of September 28, 2011.
s/ Nanette K. Laughrey
NANETTE K. LAUGHREY
United States District Judge
Dated: November 14, 2011
Jefferson City, Missouri
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