The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel United States District Court Judge
MHP CLASS ACTION STIPULATION TO CONTINUE FILING DATE FOR PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION PENDING SETTLEMENT
Plaintiff Mohammad Kazemi ("Plaintiff") and Defendants Payless ShoeSource, Inc.
("Payless"), Collective Brands, Inc., and Voice-mail Broadcasting Corporation ("VMBC") 3 (collectively "Defendants"), by and through their respective counsel, hereby enter into the 4 following Stipulation seeking a continuance of the filing date for Plaintiff's motion for class 5 certification pending the parties' settlement of Plaintiff's claims. This Stipulation is made 6 and entered into by the parties based on the following facts: 7
Plaintiff's motion for class certification was initially scheduled to be filed on September 13, 2010. On September 1, 2010 the parties filed a stipulation with the Court 9 requesting an extension of the deadline for Plaintiff's motion until January 14, 2011, pending 10 a mediation to be held by the parties on November 15 and 16, 2010 before the Honorable 11 Nicholas Politan. The Court signed that stipulation into Order on September 2, 2010. 12 On November 15 and 16, 2010 the parties participated in two full days of mediation.
At the mediation Plaintiff and defendant Payless reached an agreement in principle on the 14 settlement of the lawsuit.. The agreement in principle was set forth in a memorandum of 15 understanding signed by both Plaintiff and a company official for Payless. The parties 16 further agreed that should a settlement based on the terms of the agreement in principle 17 become final, Plaintiff's claims and those of the putative class would be dismissed as to all 18 parties. 19
Despite their best efforts, the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays 20 introduced some degree of delay and difficulty into the coordination and preparation of such 21 documents and the parties remained in the process of negotiating and preparing a final 22 settlement agreement that set forth specific terms and language agreeable to all parties. 23
On January 7, 2011, the parties filed a stipulation with the Court requesting an
24 extension of the deadline for Plaintiff's motion until February 1, 2011. The Court signed that 25 stipulation into Order on January 7, 2011.
Plaintiff's counsel and counsel for Payless have since worked diligently in the
2 preparation of a final settlement agreement, as well as several supporting documents 3 including multiple forms of class notice. Despite their best efforts, there has been some 4 additional delay and difficulty in the coordination and preparation of such documents. The 5 parties remain in the process of negotiating and preparing a final settlement agreement that 6 sets forth specific terms and language agreeable to all parties, and are convinced that a final 7 settlement agreement, as well as supporting documents, will be completed no later than 8
In light of the pending settlement agreement, the parties believe it makes sense to
10 further defer briefing of class certification while the parties attempt to finalize the settlement 11 agreement and supporting documents. The parties therefore request a modest additional 12 extension of the deadline for the finalization and execution of the settlement agreement until 13
February 24, 2011. Should, against expectations, the filing of Plaintiff's motion for class 14 certification ultimately be found necessary, the parties suggest a schedule for class 15 certification as follows: Plaintiff's ...