VASCO v. POWER HOME REMODELING GROUP LLC
ORDER THAT PLAINTIFF'S MOTION IS GRANTED, THIS CASE IS DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. JUDGMENT IS ENTERED IN FAVOR OF TEOFILO VASCO AND THE CERTIFIED CLASS AND AGAINST POWER HOME REMODELING GROUP LLC AS OUTLINED HEREIN.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE MARK A. KEARNEY ON 10/12/2016. 10/12/2016 ENTERED AND COPIES E-MAILED.(kp, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
POWER HOME REMODELING
AND NOW, this l21h day of October 2016, upon consideration of Plaintiffs Motion for
final approval of settlement (ECF Doc. No. 26), following our evaluation of briefing, affidavits,
objections and oral argument at our noticed Final Fairness Hearing where no party or Class
Member sought to adduce testimony and for reasons in the accompanying Memorandum
including overruling Objections from two Class Members (ECF Doc. No. 34-1), it is
ORDERED Plaintiffs Motion (ECF Doc. No. 26) is GRANTED, this case is dismissed with
prejudice under the Settlement Agreement and we enter JUDGMENT in favor of Teofllo
Vasco and the certified Settlement Class and against Power Home Remodeling Group
We have jurisdiction over the subject matter and parties and shall retain
jurisdiction to resolve disputes arising as to the performance, validity, interpretation,
enforcement or administration of the approved Notice, this Order or the Settlement Agreement;
Class certification is warranted.
The proposed Settlement Class satisfies the requirements for class action
treatment under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 23(a) and (b). 1 The Settlement Class with
1,104,162 identifiable members is so numerous joinder of all Class Members is impt:acticable.
There are questions of law and fact common to the Class.
The claims of the Class
Representatives are typical of the Settlement Class Members. The Class Representatives and
Class Counsel have fairly and adequately represented the interests of all Settlement Class
Members. The questions of law or fact common to the Class predominate over any questions
affecting only individual Settlement Class Members, and a class action is superior to other
available methods for the fair and efficient adjudication of the controversy;
We certify the Settlement Class under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 as:
All persons who received a call made by or on behalf of Power Home
Remodeling Group LLC on his or her cellular telephone where the call
was made using an automatic telephone dialing system and/or prerecorded or artificial voice messages during the period from October 16,
2013 to April 27, 2016.
The Settlement Class meets the requirements of Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(b)(3). Common
questions of law and fact predominate with respect to the members of the Settlement Class. A
class action is a superior method for resolving the claims of the Class. This is the proper forum
for the maintenance of this class action. Due to the settlement, there will bt1 no issues of
Unless otherwise defined, all capitalized terms in this Order have the same meaning as in the
May 5, 2016 Settlement Agreement (ECF Doc. No. 23-1.)
We appoint Class Counsel Jarrett L. Ellzey and William Craft Hughes from
Hughes Ellzey LLP; Shanon J. Carson, Arthur Stock, and Lane L. Vines from Berger &
Plaintiff and Class Counsel adequately represented the Class.
Representative has no disabling conflicts with members of the Settlement Class and has
participated in this action as required including starting this case with a call to a lawyer;
All Settlement Class Members who did not timely opt out are deemed to have
absolutely and unconditionally released and forever discharged the Defendant from all claims as
defined in the Settlement Agreement;
The Settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate.
We approve the Settlement as fair, reasonable and adequate.
The Settlement is entitled to a presumption of fairness because: (a) the
negotiations were conducted at arm's length including with the aid of an experienced mediator
over two days; (b) the parties exchanged pre-settlement documents, including review of records
and documents from Power Home Remodeling Group; and (c) Class Counsel are experienced in
class action litigation. The parties provided notice in writing and on a settlement website of the
pendency of this class action, the available recovery requested by the Class in the Complaint
under the governing Law, the Proposed Settlement, and of the request for certification of the
Settlement Class to all persons reasonably identifiable as Class Members after national
publication notice, at the respective addresses set forth in Power Home Remodeling Group's
records. We find the form, content and method of dissemination of the Notice given to the Class
Members was adequate and reasonable, and constituted the best notice practicable under the
The notice, as given, provided valid, due and sufficient notice of these
proceedings, of the Proposed Settlement, and of the terms and conditions in the Settlement
Agreement, and the notice fully satisfied the requirements of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure, constitutional due process and other applicable law;
Defendant timely filed notice of the proposed settlement under the Class Action
Fairness Act of 2005 ("Act"), 28 U.S.C. §§1711-1715, apprising, in connection with the
approval of this settlement, Defendant sought certification from this Court confirming their
respective notifications complied with any applicable Act requirements;
Proposed distribution under the Settlement Agreement.
Claims Administrator Angeion shall be paid under the terms of our May 13, 2016
Order up to $1,180,000 from the Settlement Amount after Class Counsel scrutinizes Angeion's
submitted invoices before reimbursing demonstrated administrative costs, reasonable fees and
incurred but unpaid expenses;
We approve the attorney's fees and incentive awards contemporaneously awarded
today as described in the accompanying Order and Memorandum;
All distributions, including to Angeion, Class Counsel, Plaintiff, the Class, and
any cy pres, shall be paid only under the terms of Paragraphs 23-27 of our May 13, 2016
Preliminary Approval Order (ECF Doc. No. 25) and, to the extent not inconsistent, with the
The Settlement is not subject to change, modification, amendment or addition
without our further approval; and,
If the parties terminate the Settlement Agreement under its terms or the terms of
any other agreement between the Parties, or this Judgment is reversed on appeal or otherwise
does not become Final, (i) this Judgment shall be rendered null and void and vacated nunc pro
tune; (ii) as specified in the Settlement Agreement, the Settlement Agreement and other related
orders shall be rendered null and void and vacated nune pro tune; and, (iii) this case will proceed
as provided in the Settlement Agreement.
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