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Jama v. Golden Gate America LLC

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

March 23, 2018

ABDIKHADAR JAMA an individual, JEES JEES, an individual, and MOHAMED MOHAMED, an individual, Plaintiff,
v.
GOLDEN GATE AMERICA LLC, a foreign limited liability company and EAN HOLDINGS LLC, ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS, INC., a foreign corporation, and VANGUARD AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, a foreign business entity d/b/a NATIONAL CAR RENTAL, ALAMO RENT A CAR, and ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR, Defendants.

          BADGLEY MULLINS TURNER PLLC, Duncan C. Turner, Attorneys for Plaintiff and the Class

          LAW OFFICE OF DANIEL R. WHITMORE, Daniel R. Whitmore, Attorneys for Plaintiff and the Class

          DAVIS WRIGHT TREMAINE, L.L.P., Ryan Hess, Attorney for Defendant EAN

          ORDER GRANTING STIPULATED MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

          ROBERT S. LASNIK UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE.

         ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

         The Parties have filed a motion for an Order Preliminarily Approving Class Action Settlement (“Motion”). Having reviewed the Motion and supporting materials, the Court determines and orders as follows:

         A. Counsel have advised the Court that the Parties have agreed, subject to final approval by this Court following notice to the Class and a hearing, to settle this Action on the terms and conditions set forth in the Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims (the “Agreement”).

         B. The Court has reviewed the Agreement, as well as the files, records, and proceedings to date in this matter. The terms of the Agreement are hereby incorporated as though fully set forth in this Order. Capitalized terms shall have the meanings attributed to them in the Agreement.

         C. Based upon preliminary examination, it appears to the Court that the Agreement is sufficiently fair, reasonable, and adequate to warrant notice to the Class and that the Court should hold a hearing after notice to the Class to determine whether to enter a Settlement Order and Final Judgment in this action, based upon that Agreement.

         Based upon the foregoing, the Court finds and concludes as follows:

1. Class Definition. The Court amends the class definition set forth in its Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Class Certification entered on June 27, 2017. See Dkt. No 74. Pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(b)(3), the Court certifies the following Class:
All individuals who performed office work, service agent work, lead work, driver work, off-site car shuttling work, and any other types of work covered by Proposition 1 for Golden Gate America, LLC from January 1, 2014 to August 22, 2015.
2. Settlement Administrator. The Court appoints Analytics, LLC as the Settlement Administrator, which shall fulfill the Settlement Administration functions, duties, and responsibilities of the Settlement Administrator as set forth in the Agreement and this Order.
3. Settlement Hearing. A final approval hearing (the “Settlement Hearing”) shall be held before this Court on July 31, 2018, at 10:30 a.m., as set forth in the Class Notice (described in Paragraph 3 below), to determine whether the Agreement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and should be given final approval. Papers in support of final approval of the Agreement and Class Counsel's application for an award of attorneys' fees and costs, and for Service Awards to the Plaintiffs (the “Fee and Cost Application”) shall be filed with the Court according to the schedule set forth in Paragraph 9, below. The Court may postpone, adjourn, or continue the Settlement Hearing without further notice to the Class. After the Settlement Hearing, the Court may enter a ...

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