Norsoph v. Riverside Resort and Casino, Inc. et al

Filing 139

ORDER Granting 137 Motion to Approve Settlement and 138 Motion to be Relieved as Counsel. Signed by Judge Andrew P. Gordon on 1/8/2021. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MR)

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Case 2:13-cv-00580-APG-EJY Document 139 Filed 01/08/21 Page 1 of 5 1 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 2 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 3 ROBERT NORSOPH, 4 Plaintiff Case No.: 2:13-cv-00580-APG-EJY Order (1) Approving Settlement and (2) Relieving Plaintiffs’ Counsel 5 v. [ECF Nos. 137, 138] 6 RIVERSIDE RESORT AND CASINO, INC., et al., 7 Defendants 8 9 This is a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The parties have 10 filed a joint motion to approve a settlement of this case. ECF No. 137. The plaintiffs’ counsel 11 has filed a motion to be relieved as the attorney for Plaintiffs Michelle Frank, Clifford Gerhard, 12 Randall Johnson, Bobby Louis, Traci Moss and Nichole Rathman. ECF No. 138. Both motions 13 are supported by good cause. 14 I THEREFORE ORDER as follows: 15 1. This court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this litigation and personal 16 jurisdiction over the named plaintiffs, all members of the FLSA collective action, and the 17 defendant. 18 2. I adopt the defined terms in the Settlement Agreement. 19 3. As set forth in Exhibit A to this Order, 40 individuals have accepted the 20 Settlement (Accepting Plaintiffs). As of the date of this Order, each Accepting Plaintiff has 21 waived and shall be deemed to have fully, finally, and forever released, relinquished, and 22 discharged all Released Claims, as set forth in the Settlement Agreement. Payment to all 23 Case 2:13-cv-00580-APG-EJY Document 139 Filed 01/08/21 Page 2 of 5 1 Accepting Plaintiffs shall be completed in accordance with the terms of the Settlement 2 Agreement within 30 days of the Effective Date as set forth in the Settlement Agreement. 3 4. As set forth in Exhibit B to this Order, five individuals have not accepted the 4 Settlement. Each of the individuals listed in Exhibit B is dismissed from this case without 5 prejudice and shall have 60 days from the date of this Order to institute a FLSA claim in a new 6 litigation before the statute of limitations begins to run again, as provided for in the Settlement 7 Agreement. In respect to opt in plaintiff Mary Nolan, I have been advised she has settled her 8 FLSA claim as part of a court-supervised and approved settlement involving other legal claims 9 as well in the case of Nolan v. Riverside Resort and Casino, Eighth Judicial District Court of 10 Nevada, # A-19-790731-C, so her claim in this case is dismissed with prejudice. 11 5. I grant approval to this Settlement and find it to be a reasonable resolution of a 12 bona fide dispute of tips under the FLSA. The Settlement is reasonable in all respects, 13 including the service award to Robert Norsoph and the attorneys’ fees and costs of Plaintiffs’ 14 counsel. The Settlement confers a substantial benefit to all individuals similarly situated to 15 Plaintiffs, considering the strength of Plaintiffs’ claims and the risk, expense, complexity, and 16 duration of further litigation. The settlement is the result of arms-length negotiations between 17 experienced counsel representing the interests of both sides. 18 6. The $2,500 payment to plaintiff Robert Norsoph is $1,000 more than the amount 19 paid to any other plaintiff. It is appropriate in recognition of his service to the other plaintiffs in 20 bringing this litigation and the risks he assumed as the named plaintiff in this case. 21 7. Plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs in the amount of $44,000 are reasonable and 22 hereby approved. 23 8. I grant the Motion to be Relieved as Counsel of Record for plaintiffs listed on 2 Case 2:13-cv-00580-APG-EJY Document 139 Filed 01/08/21 Page 3 of 5 1 Exhibit "B" to this Order. The Rejecting Plaintiffs should retain separate legal counsel if they 2 wish to pursue their legal claims and are reminded that they have 60 days from the date of this 3 Order to properly institute a new FLSA lawsuit that, for the purposes of the statute of limitations 4 set forth in 29 U.S.C. § 255, will be deemed commenced on the date they filed a consent to 5 joinder with the Court in this case. 6 9. Th plaintiffs’ claims are dismissed with prejudice except as to those plaintiffs 7 listed on Exhibit "B" for whom such dismissal shall be without prejudice as provided for by this 8 Order. The clerk shall close this case. 9 Dated: January 8, 2021. 10 11 ANDREW P. GORDON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 3 Case 2:13-cv-00580-APG-EJY Document 139 Filed 01/08/21 Page 4 of 5 Exhibit "A" ‐ Accepting Plaintiffs FirstName BRIAN              RICHARD            JEENIE             CHERYL             NICOLE             GENERIO            TOM                JUSTIN             PAUL               PAMELA             MICHELLE           JOHNNY             JULIE              JEFFERY            JAMES              DOUGLAS            LAURA              DUC                DENNIS             CECILIA            JOSEPH             PAUL               RICHARD            OFELIA             SHAYNA             DAVID              JEREMIE            ROBERT VAGRAM             STEPHEN            BENJAMIN           ALEJANDRINO        GREGORY            CARLOS             RAUL               YOLANDA            PAUL               CHRISTOPHER        RANDY              BRANDT             middleInit LastName R BAKER              P BARONE               BERLIN             A BEZADA             B BIXENMANN          A BUSTAMANTE         G DALTON             R DOOLEY             A DREISIGACKER       E FOX                M FRANK              R GREEN              A HAGSTROM           A HALL               W HALPINE            E INGOLD             L LEITHEISER         X MAI                D MANUKYAN           V MAS                L MASON              J MAZUR              L MEHLHOFF           C MORA               N MUFFOLETTO         L NEVELS             M NOLAN              NORSOPH   PAPOYAN            J PISTURINO          W PORTER               QUINTERO           C RIO                R RUIZ                 SALAZAR            M SALAZAR            W SEAMAN             C SHRIVER            R SODA               M STAFFELDT          Case 2:13-cv-00580-APG-EJY Document 139 Filed 01/08/21 Page 5 of 5 Exhibit "B" ‐ Non‐Accepting Plaintiffs First Name CLIFFORD           RANDALL            BOBBY              TRACI              NICHOLE            Initial P L R L R Last Name GERHARD            JOHNSON            LOUIS              MOSS               RATHMAN           

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