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Juvenal Robles and Abel Figueroa v. Lucky Brand Dungarees

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


November 26, 2012

JUVENAL ROBLES AND ABEL FIGUEROA,
INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF A CLASS OF SIMILARLY SITUATED INDIVIDUALS,
PLAINTIFFS,
v.
LUCKY BRAND DUNGAREES, INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION, KIRSHENBAUM
BOND SENECAL & PARTNERS LLC F/K/A KIRSHENBAUM BOND & PARTNERS
LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, D/B/A LIME PUBLIC RELATIONS PROMOTION, AND KIRSHENBAUM BOND & PARTNERS WEST LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY,
DEFENDANTS. KIRSHENBAUM BOND SENECAL & PARTNERS LLC F/K/A KIRSHENBAUM
BOND & PARTNERS LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, D/B/A LIME PUBLIC
RELATIONS PROMOTION, AND KIRSHENBAUM BOND & PARTNERS WEST LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY,
THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFFS.
v.
MERKLE INC., A MARYLAND CORPORATION,
THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT AND FOURTH-PARTY PLAINTIFF.
v.
RGAR HOLDINGS, LLC, A FLORIDA LIMITED 13 LIABILITY COMPANY, FORMERLY KNOWN AS TAKE SOLUTIONS, LLC., A FLORIDA LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, RICHARD GLUCK, ALEXANDER RADETICH, JOHN DOE I, AND JOHN DOE II,
FOURTH-PARTY DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Maxine M. Chesney

[PROPOSED] ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT, CERTIFYING SETTLEMENT CLASS, APPROVING PROCEDURE AND FORM OF NOTICE, AND SCHEDULING FINAL APPROVAL HEARING

WHEREAS, a class action is pending before the Court entitled Robles v. Lucky Brand Inc., Case No. 10-cv-04846-MMC; and

WHEREAS, Plaintiffs and Defendants Lucky Brand Dungarees, Inc. ("Lucky"), Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal & Partners LLC f/k/a Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners LLC d/b/a Lime Public Relations Promotion, and Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners West LLC (collectively "Lime"), Third-Party Defendant Merkle Inc. ("Merkle"), and Fourth-Party Defendant RGAR Holdings, LLC f/k/a Take 5 Solutions, LLC ("Take 5") (collectively, "Defendants"), have entered into a Settlement Agreement, which, together with the exhibits attached thereto, sets forth the terms and conditions for a proposed settlement and dismissal of the Action with prejudice as to Defendants upon the terms and conditions set forth therein (the "Settlement Agreement"), and the Court having read and considered the Settlement Agreement and exhibits attached thereto;

This matter coming before the Court upon the agreement of the parties, good cause being shown, and the Court being fully advised in the premises,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, DECREED, AND ADJUDGED AS FOLLOWS:

1. Terms and phrases in this Order shall have the same meaning as ascribed to them in the Settlement Agreement.

2. The parties have moved the Court for an order approving the settlement of the Action in accordance with the Settlement Agreement, which, together with the documents incorporated therein, sets forth the terms and conditions for a proposed settlement and dismissal of the Action with prejudice, and the Court having read and considered the Settlement Agreement and having heard the parties and being fully advised in the premises, hereby preliminarily approves the Settlement Agreement in its entirety subject to the Final Approval Hearing referred to in paragraph 18 of this Order.

3. The Court finds that, subject to the Final Approval Hearing, the Settlement Agreement is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the best interests of the class set forth below. The Court further finds that the Settlement Agreement substantially fulfills the purposes and objectives of the class action, and provides substantial relief to the class without the risks, burdens, costs, or 2 delay associated with continued litigation, trial, and/or appeal. The Court also finds that the 3 Settlement Agreement (a) is the result of arms' length negotiations between experienced class 4 action attorneys assisted by Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd and the Hon. Nicholas H. Politan 5 Settlement Class; (c) meets all applicable requirements of law, including Federal Rule of Civil 7 Procedure 23, and the Class Action Fairness Act ("CAFA"), 28 U.S.C. § 1715; and (d) is not a 8 finding or admission of liability by the Defendants or any other parties. 9

4. For purposes of settlement only: (a) Jay Edelson, Myles McGuire, and Ryan D. Andrews of Edelson McGuire, LLC are appointed Class Counsel for the Settlement Class; and (b) 12

Plaintiffs Juvenal Robles and Abel Figueroa are named Class Representatives. The Court finds that 13 these attorneys are competent and capable of exercising the responsibilities of Class Counsel and 14 that Plaintiffs Robles and Figueroa will adequately protect the interest of the class defined below. 15

16 the Settlement Agreement: 17

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Settlement Class Certification

5. For purposes of settlement only, the Court certifies the following class as defined in

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11 below, that the Settlement Agreement is fundamentally fair, adequate, and reasonable, and, solely 12 within the context of and for the purposes of settlement only, thatthe Settlement Class satisfies the 13 requirements of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, specifically, that the Settlement 14

Class of 216,711 Persons is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable; there are 15 questions of law and fact common to members of the Settlement Class including whether the 16 equipment used to send the Text Messages fell within the statutory definition of "Automatic 17

Telephone Dialing System" and whether Defendants properly obtained the prior express consent of 18 the Class Members to send the Text Messages; the claims of the Class Representativesunder the 19

Class members; the Class Representatives will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the 21

Settlement Class; common questions of law or fact identified above predominate over questions 22 affecting individual members; and a class action is a superior method for fairly and efficiently 23 adjudicating the Action. 24

25 approval be reversed on appeal, or should the Settlement Agreement otherwise fail to become 26 effective, the Court's grant of class certification shall be vacated, and the Class Representatives and 27 the Settlement Class would once again bear the burden of establishing the propriety of class 28

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6. The Court finds, subject to the Final Approval Hearing referred to in Paragraph 18

Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C § 227, are typical of the claims of the Settlement 20

7. Should the Settlement Agreement not receive the Court's final approval, should final certification. In such case, neither the certification of the Settlement Class for settlement purposes, 2 nor any other act relating to the negotiation or execution of the Settlement Agreement shall be 3 considered as a factor in connection with any class certification issue(s). 4

8. The Court approves, as to form, content and distribution, the Claim Form, the Notice

Plan and all forms of Notice to the Settlement Class attached hereto, and finds that such Notice is 7 the best notice practicable under the circumstances, and that the Notice complies fully with the 8 requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Court also finds that the Notice 9 constitutes valid, due and sufficient notice to all persons entitled thereto, and meets the 10 requirements of Due Process. The Court further finds that the Notice is reasonably calculated to, 11 under all circumstances, reasonably apprise the members of the Settlement Class of the pendency of 12 this action, the terms of the Settlement Agreement, and the right to object to the settlement and to 13 exclude themselves from the Settlement Class. In addition, the Court finds that no notice other than 14 that specifically identified in the Settlement Agreement is necessary in this Action. The parties, by 15 agreement, may revise the Notice and Claim Forms in ways that are not material, or in ways that are 16 appropriate to update those documents for purposes of accuracy or formatting for publication. 17

Settlement Agreement. 20

21 is directed to provide Notice on the website www.BackToSchoolTextSettlement.netwithin seven (7) 22 days following the entry of this Order. The Settlement Administrator shall also send the Notice and 23 an accompanying Claim Form with return postage pre-paid to the Settlement Class by First Class 24

Administrator shall, if necessary, provide on-line media and print publication in accordance with the 26

Notice Plan called for by the Settlement Agreement pursuant to paragraph 4.2(d). (All Notice shall 27 be complete by February 21, 2013and shall be referred to herein as "the Notice Date"). The 28

Notice and Administration

9. The Court approves the request for the appointment of Kurtzman Carson Consultants

LLC, as Settlement Administrator in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1.35 of the 19

10. Pursuant to paragraph 4.2 of the Settlement Agreement, the Settlement Administrator

U.S. Mail no later than sixty (60) days following the entry of this order. Further, the Settlement 25

Settlement Administrator shall also distribute the press release provided for in paragraph 4.2(f) of

the Settlement Agreement within fourteen (14) days of the entry of this Order. The Settlement 2

Administrator shall also maintain the Settlement Website to provide full information about the 3

11. Members of the Settlement Class who wish to receive benefits under the Settlement

Agreement must complete and submit a Claim Form in accordance with the instructions contained 6 therein. All Claim Forms must be postmarked or received by the Settlement Administrator by April 19, 2013. 8

10 or before the Objection/Exclusion Deadline of April 5, 2013, they comply with the exclusion 11 procedures set forth in the Settlement Agreement and Notice. At least fourteen (14) days prior to 12 the Objection/Exclusion Deadline, papers supporting the Fee Award shall be filed with the court 13 and posted to the settlement website listed in paragraph 4.2(e). Any members of the Settlement 14

Class so excluded shall neither be bound by the terms of the Settlement Agreement nor entitled to 15 any of its benefits. 16

17 of the Settlement Agreement must submit a written request to the Settlement Administrator, 18 received or postmarked no later than the Objection/Exclusion Deadline. The request for exclusion 19 must be signed by the member of the Settlement Class, must include the Person's name address, the 20 cellular phone number that received the Text Message(s), a signature, the name and number of the 21 case, and a statement that he/she wishes to be excluded from the Settlement Class. So called 22

14. Members of the Settlement Class who opt out of the Settlement Agreement will

24 relinquish their rights to benefits under the Settlement Agreement and will not release their Claims. 25

Settlement and allow for the filing of claims online. 4

Exclusion

12. Members of the Settlement Class who wish to exclude themselves may do so if, on

13. Any members of the Settlement Class who elect to exclude themselves or "opt out"

"mass" or "class" opt-outs shall not be allowed. 23

However, members of the Settlement Class who fail to submit a valid and timely request for 26 exclusion shall be bound by all terms of the Settlement Agreement and the Final Order. 27 28

3 may object to the fairness, reasonableness, or adequacy of the Settlement Agreement or to a Final 4

Settlement Agreement, or to the attorneys' fees and expense reimbursement sought by Class 6

Class Representatives as set forth in the Notice and Settlement Agreement. Members of the 8

Objections

15. Any member of the Settlement Class who has not timely filed a request for exclusion

Order being entered dismissing the Action with prejudice in accordance with the terms of the 5

Counsel in the amounts specified in the Notice and Settlement Agreement, or to the award to the 7

Settlement Class may object on their own, or may do so through separate counsel at their own 9 expense. 10

11 later than on or before the Objection/Exclusion Deadline of April 5, 2013. To be valid, the 12 objection must set forth his/her full name, current address, telephone number, state that he or she is 13 a member of the Settlement Class, and provide the cellular phone number that received the Text 14

Message(s). In addition, any objection must provide all arguments, citations, and evidence 15 supporting the objection (including copies of any documents relied on) and include a statement 16 whether the objector intends to appear at the Final Approval Hearing with or without counsel. 17

Members of the Settlement Class who fail to file and serve timely written objections in substantial 18 compliance with the requirements of this paragraph and the Settlement Agreement shall be deemed 19 to have waived any objections and shall be foreclosed from making any objections (whether by 20 appeal or otherwise) to the Settlement Agreement or to any of the subjects listed in paragraph 18 21 below. 22

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16. To object, members of the Settlement Class must sign and file a written objection no

17. To be valid, objections must be filed with the Court and sent by mail, hand or

1300, Chicago, IL 60654. In addition, any objections made by a Settlement Class Member 25 represented by counsel must be filed through the Court's CM/ECF system. 26 27 28

3 a.m. at Courtroom 7 on the 19th Floor of the Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States 4

Fairness Hearing

18. The Final Approval Hearing shall be held before this Court on May 10, 2013 at 9:00

Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue,San Francisco, CA 94102 to determine (a) whether the 5 proposed settlement of the Action on the terms and conditions provided for in the Settlement 6

Agreement is fair, reasonable and adequate and should be given final approval by the Court; (b) 7 whether a judgment and order of dismissal with prejudice should be entered; (c) whether to approve 8 the payment of attorneys' fees and expenses to Class Counsel; and (d) whether to approve the 9 payment of incentive awards to the Class Representatives. The Court may adjourn the Final 10

19. Papers in support of final approval of the Settlement Agreement, the incentive

12 award, and any supplementation to the request for the Fee Award, shall be filed with the Court on 13 or before April 26, 2013. 14

16 termination of the Settlement Agreement, whichever occurs earlier, except for those matters 17 necessary to obtain and/or effectuate final approval of the Settlement Agreement. 18

19 in the Action concerning the Action and/or Settlement Agreement, whether favorable or 20 unfavorable. 21

22 with its terms, each party will have the option of having the Action revert to its status as if the 23

Approval Hearing without further notice to members of the Settlement Class. 11

Further Matters

20. All further proceedings in the Action are ordered stayed until the Final Order or

21. Members of the Settlement Classshall be bound by all determinations and judgments

22. If the Settlement Agreement is not approved by the Court in complete accordance

Settlement Agreement had not been negotiated, made, or filed with the Court. In such event, the 24 parties will retain all rights as if the Settlement Agreement was never agreed upon. 25

26 of the Settlement Agreement or for any reason whatsoever the approval of it does not become Final 27 then (i) the Settlement Agreement shall be null and void, including any provision related to the 28 award of attorneys' fees, and shall have no further force and effect with respect to any party in this

23. In the event that the Settlement Agreement is terminated pursuant to the provisions

Action, and shall not be used in this Action or in any other proceeding for any purpose; (ii) all 2 negotiations, proceedings, documents prepared, and statements made in connection therewith shall 3 be without prejudice to any person or party hereto, shall not be deemed or construed to be an 4 admission by any party of any act, matter, or proposition, and shall not be used in any manner or for 5 any purpose in any subsequent proceeding in this Action or in any other action in any court or other 6 proceeding, provided, however, that the termination of the Settlement Agreement shall not shield 7 from subsequent discovery any factual information provided in connection with the negotiation of 8 this Settlement Agreement that would ordinarily be discoverable but for the attempted settlement; 9 and (iii) other than as expressly preserved by the Settlement Agreement in the event of its 10 termination, the Settlement Agreement shall have no further force and effect with respect to any 11 party and shall not be used in the Action or any other proceeding for any purpose. 12 13

Honorable Maxine M. Chesney United States District Court Judge

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