UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA / FRESNO DIVISION
May 3, 2011
ABARCA, RAUL VALENCIA, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
MERCK & CO., INC., ET AL.,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Oliver W. Wanger United States District Judge
ORDER APPOINTING THE HONORABLE JOHN K. TROTTER (RET.) TO ACT AS A FRCP RULE 53 SPECIAL MASTER AS IT RELATES TO SETTLEMENT BETWEEN THE PLAINTIFFS AND THE CITY OF MERCED, COUNTY OF MERCED,
ORDER APPOINTING THE HONORABLE JOHN K. TROTTER (RET.) TO ACT AS A FRCP
RULE 53 SPECIAL MASTER
MERCED IRRIGATION DISTRICT, MERCED IRRIGATION DRAINAGE
DISTRICT NO. 1, AND THE FRANKLIN COUNTY WATER DISTRICT
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure, Rule 53, the Merced Irrigation District, Merced Irrigation Drainage District No. 1 (hereinafter referred to collectively as MID), the City of Merced (hereinafter referred to as City), the County of Merced (hereinafter referred to as County), Franklin County Water District (hereinafter referred to as FCWD) and Plaintiffs consent and stipulate to the appointment of the Honorable John K. Trotter, (Ret.) to act as a Special Master for the purpose of assisting the MID, City, County, FCWD, plaintiffs and the Court in certain aspects of the settlement agreement and release entered into between the MID, County, and plaintiffs as it relates to Phase One, and the City and FCWD, who have entered into final settlements with plaintiffs for all aspects of this case. The duties of the Honorable John K. Trotter will include communications with the Court and party representatives, recommendations relating to obtaining minors' compromises and releases, recommendations as to good faith settlement and Medicare issues, coordination of necessary signatures, confirmation that approval of this settlement was granted by a two-thirds majority of all participating Abarca Plaintiffs and any other related matters. The authority of the Special Master shall not include the authority to waive, alter, or otherwise revise the terms and conditions of this agreement.
The Special Master's fees for purposes of this Consent and Order will come out of the settlement proceeds, however, this provision does not apply to any past or future settlements, or services of the Honorable John K. Trotter, Ret. that are unrelated to the provisions of this Consent and Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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