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Doe v. Holland America Line N.V.

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

June 27, 2018

JOHN DOE, as father and natural guardian of, JANIE DOE, a minor, Plaintiff,
v.
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE N.V., et. al Defendants.

          Keith Brais, Esq. (Subject to admission Pro Hac Vice)

          Charles Moure, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff

          HONORABLE JAMES L. ROBART

          ORDER APPOINTING SETTLEMENT GUARDIAN AD LITEM

         THIS MATTER having come regularly before the Court upon the Petition of Charles Moure and Keith Brais, attorneys for John Doe, father and natural guardian, and Janie Doe, a minor, to appoint a Settlement Guardian ad Litem on behalf of the above-named minor, and the Court finding that the facts set forth give the Court jurisdiction over this matter, and that pursuant to Washington Court SPR 98.16W, and that the Court having reviewed said Petition and the attachment thereto, having reviewed the evidence presented by counsel, having heard the presentation of counsel, and being fully advised in the premises, now, therefore, it is hereby;

         ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED as follows:

         1) Settlement Guardian Ad Litem should be appointed for JANIE DOE, the minor Plaintiff;

         2) Attorney BARBARA J. BYRAM is a person found or known by the court to be a suitable, disinterested person having the requisite knowledge, training, and expertise to perform the duties required by RCW 11.88.090 and SPR 98.16W, and is hereby appointed to represent the interests of the named minor.

         3) The Guardian Ad Litem is authorized to expend up to 20 hours of time in conducting her duties and preparing her report, at her usual hourly billing rate for legal services, currently $300.00 per hour. Should additional time be needed, a petition shall be presented to the Court requesting same;

         4) Upon resolution of this cause, whether by settlement or by judgment, the Settlement Guardian Ad Litem is specifically authorized and directed to prepare and present a Report to the Court pursuant to SPR 98.16W; and

         5) Plaintiffs' counsel, Charles Moure and Keith Brais and the law offices of Moure Law, pile and Brais Law Firm, are hereby specifically authorized and directed to continue to appear as counsel on behalf of the minor Plaintiff, JANIE DOE and her father and natural guardian, John Doe.

         IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE SETTLEMENT GUARDIAN AD LITEM:

         A. Duties. The Settlement Guardian ad Litem shall have the following duties:

         1. To investigate and evaluate the adequacy of the offered settlement in light of the needs and best interests of the minor or incapacitated person.

         2. To review written or oral reports from the attorneys, guardians, and medical providers necessary to permit a ...


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