Stanley v. Direct Energy Services, LLC
ORDER granting 54 Motion to Stay re: 54 JOINT LETTER MOTION to Stay addressed to Judge Kenneth M. Karas from D. Greg Blankinship dated March 31, 2021. Granted. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Kenneth M. Karas on 3/31/2021) (kv)
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Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP
l NORTH BROADWAY, SUITE 900
WHITE PLAINS, NY 10601
Phone: (844) 431-0695
Fax: (845) 562-3492
March 31 , 2021
Hon. Kenneth M. Karas
United States District Judge
The Hon. Charles L. Brieant Jr. Federal Building and United States Courthouse
Southern District of New York
300 Quarropas Street
White Plains, New York 10601
Stanley v. Direct Energy Services, LLC, Case No. 7:19-cv-03759-KMK
Dear Judge Karas:
We write on behalf of Plaintiff Linda Stanley and Defendant Direct Energy Services, LLC to
inform the Court that the parties have agreed to participate in a mediation of this action on June
3, 2021 in an attempt to reach a fair and just settlement. Accordingly, they respectfully request a
stay pending mediation so that they may preserve resources and focus their efforts on a
Following motion practice regarding the sufficiency of Plaintiffs pleadings and several months
of discovery, the parties agreed to retain as a mediator Hon. Diane M. Welsh (Ret.), who has
experience mediating several similar class actions against independent energy companies.
Indeed, Judge Welsh was the mediator who assisted the parties in reaching a settlement in
Hamlen v. Gateway Energy Services Corp., No . 16-3526 (S.D.N.Y.) (Briccetti, J.). Notably,
Direct Energy owns Gateway Energy, and the parties in Hamlen were represented by counsel for
the parties in the instant action.
In the interests of efficiency and preserving judicial resources, the parties respectfully propose
that all discovery and other outstanding deadlines be stayed until 10 (ten) days after the June 3,
2021 mediation. The parties also propose to provide the Court with an update following the
mediation regarding their attempts to reach a proposed settlement. If the mediation is successful,
the parties will propose a deadline for Plaintiff to file a motion for preliminary approval of a
class settlement; if not, they will ask that the Court lift the stay and they will propose an
We thank the Court for its consideration of our request.
s/ D. Greg Blankinship
D. Greg Blankinship
Todd S. Garber
sl Matthew D. Matthews. Jr.
Michael D. Matthews, Jr.
Andrew R. Kasner
Diane S. Wizig
MCDOWELL HETHERINGTON LLP
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FREI-PEARSON & GARBER, LLP
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Steven M. Lucks
FISHKIN LUCKS LLP
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Counsel for Defendant
Attorneys for Plaintiff and the Putative Class
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