IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 2, 2013
GEOFFREY PECOVER AND ANDREW OWENS, ON BEHALF OF THEMSELVES AND ALL OTHER SIMILARLY SITUATED, PLAINTIFFS,
ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Claudia Wilken United States District Judge
ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFFS' PROPOSED MODIFIED DISTRIBUTION OF THE SETTLEMENT FUND
Pursuant to the Court's direction, Plaintiffs have filed proposed modifications to the plan of distribution under the settlement agreement and Defendant has responded to Plaintiff's proposal. Objector Theodore H. Frank has also filed a brief addressing both parties' submissions.
Having considered the papers filed by the parties and Mr.
Frank, the Court exercises its discretion under the settlement agreement to select the plan of distribution identified as option one in Plaintiffs' brief. That is, the plan of distribution will be modified to compensate class members who have submitted claims, and those who for whom the parties have identified names and associated physical addresses, using a three times multiplier for the damages alleged, and to send a settlement check automatically to seventh generation class members for whom the parties have a name and associated physical address in the amount of the average claim paid to seventh generation purchaser claimants, including the three times multiplier. The Court finds that this allocation of damages is within its discretion both under the settlement agreement and the authority cited by Plaintiffs. The Court also exercises its discretion under the agreement to approve the parties' proposed modification to the cy pres provision and directs that any residual settlement funds escheat to the federal government, which is primarily in charge of enforcing the antitrust laws of the United States.
The Court grants Plaintiffs' request that Gilardi & Co.,
be allowed to continue providing notice and administering claims
in this case. The Court declines to require Class Counsel to
"reach out" to video game retailers or conduct the other search
efforts to locate physical addresses of class members proposed by
Mr. Frank, particularly in light of the fact that the parties
already have email addresses for ten million class members, who
will be provided with direct notice of the modified agreement and
can submit a claim form with their physical address if they so
The Court sets further dates as follows:
For the Event Date
Deadline for Plaintiffs to e- file, and submit in word processing format to the Court's proposed order email address, a draft of the supplemental notice, after receiving approval as to form from Defendant. Tuesday, April 9, 2013 Last day for administrator to provide supplemental notice to the class. Monday, April 15, 2013
New close of claim period. Wednesday, May 15, 2013
No further hearing on the motion for final approval is
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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