De Coster et al v. Amazon.com Inc

Filing 19

ORDER granting Plaintiffs' 18 Unopposed Motion for Appointment of Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel and Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the Proposed Class. The Court concludes Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and Keller Lenkner LLC are appointed, as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel, and that Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Keller Rohrback L.L.P. are appointed, as members of a Plaintiffs' Executive Committee. Signed by Judge Ricardo S. Martinez.(PM)

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1 THE HONORABLE RICARDO S. MARTINEZ 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 10 11 12 13 ELIZABETH DE COSTER et al., on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Case No. 2:21-cv-00693-RSM Plaintiffs, v. 14 AMAZON.COM, INC., a Delaware corporation, 15 ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM COLEAD CLASS COUNSEL AND PLAINTIFFS’ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Defendant. 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO APPOINT LEADERSHIP CASE NO. 2:21-cv-00693-RSM 1301 SECOND AVENUE, SUITE 2000, SEATTLE, WA 98101 206.623.7292 206.623.0594 FAX 1 2 Now before the Court is the plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Appointment of Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel and Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the Proposed Class. 3 This motion relates to antitrust cases brought by and on behalf of consumers who 4 purchased from Defendant Amazon’s retail platform and were harmed by Amazon’s 5 anticompetitive conduct. 6 The Court concludes that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and Keller Lenkner LLC 7 should be appointed, and are hereby appointed, as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel, and that 8 Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Keller Rohrback L.L.P. should be appointed, and 9 are hereby appointed, as members of a Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee. The Court concludes 10 that such appointments will aid in achieving efficiency and economy in what is likely to be 11 expensive and complicated litigation, and that such appointments will enhance fairness to all 12 parties concerned, as well as the proposed classes. 13 In reaching these conclusions, the Court has carefully reviewed the motion and its 14 accompanying submissions, including the declarations and attachments submitted on behalf of 15 the appointed firms, and has also considered the factors outlined in Rule 23(g) of the Federal 16 Rules of Civil Procedure and other authority cited by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs’ submissions 17 demonstrate that the appointed firms satisfy the requirements of Rule 23(g) for appointment as 18 interim lead class counsel. These include the work counsel have done in identifying or 19 investigating potential claims in the action; counsel’s experience in handling class actions, other 20 complex litigation, and the types of claims asserted in the action; counsel’s knowledge of the 21 applicable law; and the resources that counsel have available and will commit to representing the 22 class. 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 DATED this 16th day of July, 2021. 25 A 26 RICARDO S. MARTINEZ CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 27 28 ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO APPOINT LEADERSHIP - 1 CASE NO. 2:21-cv-00693-RSM 1301 SECOND AVENUE, SUITE 2000, SEATTLE, WA 98101 206.623.7292 206.623.0594 FAX

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