United States District Court, N.D. California
March 19, 2004.
ESTATE OF MARIO C. CUARESMA, Plaintiff,
UNITED STATES, et al., Defendants. ANGELO CUARESMA, et al., Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES, Defendant
The opinion of the court was delivered by: SAMUEL CONTI, Senior District Judge
ORDER APPROVING MINORS' COMPROMISE AND JUDGMENT
Angelo Cuaresma, Benedict Cuaresma and Arielle Cuaresma are the minor
Plaintiffs in this wrongful death action. Their mother and guardian ad
litem, Elizabeth Cuaresma, has petitioned this Court for an order
approving the settlement reached amongst the parties as set forth in the
Stipulation and Order re Compromise Settlement and Approving Minors'
Compromise. Ex. 3 to Declaration of Chris Viadro.
Good cause appearing, said settlement is Hereby Approved and shall be
executed in conformity with the Stipulation and Order re Compromise
Settlement. Additionally, the settlement proceeds of
$125,000 shall be distributed as follows. Consistent with the
Authorization and Retainer Agreement entered between Elizabeth Cuaresma
and The Law Officers of William L. Veen, said law firm shall first be
reimbursed $15,058.62 for the reasonable costs incurred in litigating
this matter. Said law firm shall further receive $27,485.35 in fees which
represents 25% of the balance after deduction for costs. Five hundred
dollars shall be retained by the Law Officers of William L. Veen for any
additional costs that may become known before May 1, 2004. Plaintiffs'
mother and guardian ad litem, Elizabeth Cuaresma, shall serve as trustee
for the balance of the proceeds, i.e., $82,456.03, which is to be held by
her for the benefit of Plaintiffs Angelo Cuaresma, Benedict Cuaresma and
Arielle Cuaresma in equal shares until they respectively become age 18.
Elizabeth Cuaresma is instructed to deposit said proceeds in an interest
bearing account at a reputable banking institution and leave with the
Court a deposit slip verifying this transaction. No one shall be
permitted to withdraw funds from this account without prior Court
The Law Offices of William L. Veen shall disburse any remaining funds
from the $500 held for any additional costs on or before May 1, 2004 in
the manner dictated by the Authorization and Retainer Agreement between
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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