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In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation

United States District Court, N.D. California

June 19, 2017

IN RE CHRYSLER-DODGE-JEEP ECODIESEL MARKETING, SALES PRACTICES, AND PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION.

          PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 3: ORDER APPOINTING PLAINTIFFS' LEAD COUNSEL, PLAINTIFFS' STEERING COMMITTEE, AND GOVERNMENT COORDINATING COUNSEL

          EDWARD M. CHEN United States District Judge

         On April 14, 2017, the Court issued Pretrial Order No. 1 in which it, inter alia, set a hearing date for selection of Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel and Steering Committee. The Court also set guidelines as to how applications for such positions should be made. See Docket No. 6 (Order § 5). The Court received more than thirty applications in response. On June 14, 2017, the Court held the hearing on the matter.

         Having carefully considered the written applications and the applicants' oral statements, the Court hereby issues the following order regarding appointment of Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel and Steering Committee. The Court also addresses, in this order, appointment of Government Coordinating Counsel. Finally, in this order, the Court lays out specific litigation tasks to be completed by the parties.

         I. COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFFS

         All appointments herein are personal to the individual attorney appointed. While the Court expects that the individual attorneys will draw upon their firms, including their firms' resources, to assist them with their duties, each individual attorney is personally responsible for his or her duties. The Court may add or replace individual attorneys, if and as circumstances warrant.

         A. Lead Counsel

         1. The Court appoints Elizabeth J. Cabraser (of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein) as Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel and Chair of the Steering Committee (“PSC”). Ms. Cabraser has extensive experience with multidistrict litigation as well as class action litigation, consumer litigation, and complex litigation. The Court concludes that appointment of additional co-lead counsel is not necessary in this case. Mr. Cabraser has demonstrated her ability to serve as sole lead counsel in the VW multidistrict litigation. There is a consensus among VW PSC attorneys that Ms. Cabraser has been extremely effective in leading the VW team. She enjoys the support of a great number of fellow applicants, including those involved in the VW multidistrict litigation.

         2. The Court vests Ms. Cabraser, as Lead Counsel, with the authority described below. Although Lead Counsel has ultimate authority as described below, the Court expects Lead Counsel to consult and work collaboratively with the PSC in decision-making.

• To oversee case management and develop and implement a litigation plan;
• To sign and file all pleadings related to all actions;
• To sign and file motions or other requests for relief related to all actions, or to sign and file briefs in opposition to Defendants' motions or other requests for relief;
• To propound and/or respond to discovery (including the taking or defending of depositions);
• To conduct any investigation needed to support Plaintiffs' claims;
• To retain experts or consultants;
• To appear at status conferences and ...

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