The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge: Hon. John A. Mendez
JOINT STIPULATION AND ORDER RE pursuant to F.R.C.P. 23 and 23 REVISED CLASS CERTIFICATION U.S.C. § 216, FINAL SETTLEMENT APPROVAL SCHEDULE Courtroom: 6, 14th Floor Complaint Filed: October 13, 2009
THIS STIPULATION AND PROPOSED REVISED CLASS CERTIFICATION BRIEFING AND/OR PRELIMINARY AND FINAL SETTLEMENT APPROVAL SCHEDULE ORDER is made by and entered into between Plaintiffs Daniel Vasquez ("Plaintiff") and Defendant Panella Trucking, LLC ("Defendant").
WHEREAS, the parties had previously agreed to explore the possibility of settlement in this case;
WHEREAS, the parties have engaged in extensive settlement discussions and negotiations and have agreed in principal as to the elements of a settlement between the parties;
WHEREAS, counsel for the parties are currently finalizing the written settlement agreement and are awaiting final signatures on the settlement agreement;
WHEREAS, the parties have agreed that it is necessary to preserve Plaintiff's and the putative class' right to seek certification from the Court in this matter should the parties' agreement to settle this matter fail or be rejected in whole or in part by this Court; and
WHEREAS, the parties have conferred and believe that an extension of the deadlines set forth in the Court's November 23, 2010 Order re Extension of Class Briefing Schedule (Docket No. 33) is reasonable and necessary to provide the parties with adequate time either: (a) to obtain both preliminary and final approval of the parties' agreed upon settlement or (b) to determine that the parties' settlement has been rejected in whole or in part by this Court and for Plaintiffs to then seek class certification of the matter;
WHEREFORE, IT IS NOW HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED that:
1. The parties shall file jointly their request for the Court's preliminary approval of the parties' settlement by no later than April 20, 2011;
2. Any preliminary settlement approval hearing deemed necessary by the Court shall occur on May 18, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.;
3. Any final settlement approval hearing shall occur by August 17, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.; and 4. Should the parties' request for preliminary or final approval of the parties' settlement in this case be rejected, the Court will set deadlines for class certification briefing at least four (4) months after the entry of any order denying the parties' request for approval of the settlement reached between the parties.
5. This Stipulation and Order is subject to revocation and modification by order of the Court, upon written stipulation of the parties, or upon motion and reasonable notice.
DATED: April 6, 2011 Littler Mendelson, P.C. BY /s/ Michelle R. Barrett MICHELLE R. BARRETT Attorneys for Defendant PANELLA TRUCKING, LLC DATED: April 6, 2011 Teeple Hall, LLP BY /s/ Jason ...