United States District Court, C.D. California
Edwin Mendez, et al.
Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, et al.
DALE S. FISCHER, District Judge.
Proceedings: (In Chambers) Order to Show Cause re Adequacy of Counsel
Although adequacy of counsel is ordinarily determined at a later stage of the proceedings, it appears an early preliminary determination of whether Plaintiff's counsel is likely to be found adequate would serve the interests of the putative class and of judicial economy. Therefore, Plaintiff's counsel is ordered to show cause why he would be adequate counsel to represent the class if a class were certified. In appointing class counsel, the Court:
(A) must consider:
(i) the work counsel has done in identifying or investigating potential claims in the action;
(ii) counsel's experience in handling class actions, other complex litigation, and the types of claims asserted in the action;
(iii) counsel's knowledge of the applicable law; and
(iv) the resources that counsel will commit to representing the class;
(B) may consider any other matter pertinent to counsel's ability to fairly and adequately represent the interests of the class;
(C) may order potential class counsel to provide information on any subject pertinent to the appointment and to propose terms for attorney's fees and nontaxable costs.
A written response must be submitted no later than June 12. The response should provide full and complete information responsive to Rule 23(g)(1)(A) and (B), and sufficient for the Court to make an informed decision. Among other things, counsel must:
1. Identify (by court, case name, case number, etc.) all putative class actions filed by any law firm and any individual attorney seeking to be named as class counsel in any court, and state whether a class was certified, and, if ...