The opinion of the court was delivered by: Howard R. Lloyd United States Magistrate Judge
INTERIM ORDER RE: STIPULATED SUBMISSION OF JOINT REQUEST FOR ENTRY OF PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
This is a putative class action law suit. Docket No. 1 ("Complaint"). Plaintiff Patrick Grannan ("Grannan"), on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, sued defendant Alliant 19
Law Group, P.C. ("Alliant"), for violating of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") by 20 calling the putative class members on their cellular phones with autodialers and/or prerecorded 21 voice messages without the class members' prior express consent. Grannan alleged that Alliant was 22 acting as a debt collector for its creditor clients when making these calls. Id. He sought statutory 23 damages for all calls made in violation of the TCPA within four years of the filing of the complaint 24 as well as injunctive relief prohibiting further calls that violate the statute. Id. 25
The parties have come to a settlement whereby Alliant, which is no longer in business, will 26 pay $1,000,000 to settle the claims of 137,981 purported class members. Docket No. 21-1 27 ("Stipulation of Settlement and Release"). This $1,000,000 will make up the Settlement Fund. Id. §§ 28 5, 8.6. First out of the Settlement Fund will come administrative expenses, taxes, an $8,500 incentive payment to Grannan, and attorney fees and costs. Id. The remaining amount will be 2 distributed pro rata to class members who timely submit valid claims. Id. 3
Upon review of the parties' Stipulated Submission of Joint Request for Entry of Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, the Court instructs Grannan to file a letter brief, not to exceed 5 four pages, explaining why an $8,500 incentive payment is appropriate in this case. 6 7
Notice will be electronically mailed to:
Bruce Douglas MacLeod email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Douglas James Campion email@example.com Counsel are responsible for distributing copies of this document to co-counsel who have not registered for e-filing under the court's CM/ECF program.
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