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Bayol v. Health-Ade LLC

United States District Court, N.D. California

October 11, 2019

GABRIELA BAYOL and BRUCE VERBECK, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,
v.
HEALTH-ADE LLC, and WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., Defendants.

          FINAL ORDER APPROVING CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

          THE HONORABLE MAXINE M. CHESNEY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         WHEREAS, the Parties have entered into the Stipulation of Class Action Settlement, with its attached exhibits (collectively, the “Agreement”), signed and filed with this Court on March 15, 2019, to settle Bayol, et al. v Health-Ade LLC, et al., Case No. 3:18-cv-01462 MMC, and Gonzalez, et al. v. Health-Ade LLC, Case No. 3:18-1836 MMC, pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (collectively, the “Action”).

         WHEREAS, by Order dated April 26, 2019 (the “Preliminary Approval Order”), this Court granted preliminary approval of the proposed class action settlement between the parties in the Action, ordering the dissemination of Class Notice to potential Class Members, providing potential Class Members with an opportunity either to exclude themselves from the Class or to object to the proposed settlement, and issuing related Orders.

         WHEREAS, the Court also preliminarily certified a Class, for settlement purposes only, approved the procedure for giving notice and forms of notice, and set a Fairness Hearing to take place on October 11, 2019. On that date, the Court held a duly noticed Fairness Hearing to consider: (1) whether the terms and conditions of the Agreement are fair, reasonable, and adequate; (2) whether a judgment should be entered dismissing Plaintiffs' complaint on the merits and with prejudice in favor of Defendants and the Released Parties and against all persons who are Class Members pursuant and subject to the terms of the Agreement; (3) whether and in what amount to award Incentive Awards to Plaintiffs; and (4) whether and in what amount to award Attorneys' Fees and Expenses to Plaintiffs' Counsel.

         WHEREAS, the Court, having considered the papers submitted by the Parties and by all other persons who timely submitted papers in accordance with the Preliminary Approval Order, and having heard oral presentations by the Parties and all persons who complied with the Preliminary Approval Order, and based on all of the foregoing, together with this Court's familiarity with the Action, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED as follows:

         1. Use of Capitalized Terms. Except where otherwise noted, all capitalized terms used in this Final Order Approving Class Action Settlement shall have the meanings attributed to them in the Agreement.

         2. Incorporation of Other Documents. This Final Order Approving Class Action Settlement incorporates and makes a part hereof: (a) the Agreement, including all amendments and exhibits thereto, and definitions included therein, which was signed and filed with this Court on March 15, 2019; (b) the briefs, affidavits, declarations, and other materials filed in support of the Settlement and Plaintiffs' Counsel's request for an award of Attorneys' Fees and Expenses; (c) the record at the Fairness Hearing; (d) the documents listed on the docket sheet or otherwise submitted to the Court; and (e) all prior proceedings in the Action.

         3. Jurisdiction. The Court has personal jurisdiction over the Parties, and because due, adequate, and practicable notice has been disseminated and all potential Class Members have been given the opportunity to exclude themselves from or object to this Settlement, the Court has personal jurisdiction over all Class Members (as defined below and in the Agreement). The Court has subject matter jurisdiction over the claims asserted in the Action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1332 and 1367, including, without limitation, jurisdiction to approve the proposed Settlement and the Agreement and all exhibits attached thereto, grant final certification of the Class for settlement purposes, settle and release all claims arising out of the transactions alleged in this Action, dismiss the Action on the merits and with prejudice, and issue related orders. The Court finds that venue is proper in this district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1391.

         4. Final Class Certification for Settlement Purposes Only. The Class preliminarily certified by this Court is hereby finally certified, for settlement purposes only, under Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(a), (b)(2), (b)(3), and (c)(2), the Court finding that the Class fully satisfies all the applicable requirements of Fed.R.Civ.P. 23 and due process. The Class shall consist of all persons in the United States and United States Territories who purchased at retail one or more of the Subject Products during the Class Period. Specifically excluded from the Class are: (a) Defendants, their employees, principals, officers, directors, agents, affiliated entities legal representatives, successors, and assigns; (b) the judges to whom the Action has been or is assigned and any members of their immediate families; (c) those who purchased the Subject Products for the purpose of resale; and (d) all consumers who have filed a timely Request for Exclusion from the Class. The “Subject Products” at issue in the Settlement are all flavors of Health-Ade's Kombucha, including but not limited to the following flavors: Beet; Blood Orange-Carrot-Ginger; California Grape; Cayenne Cleanse; Ginger-Lemon; Holiday Cheers; Jalapeño-Kiwi-Cucumber; Maca-Berry; Matchaઉ Brew Coffee; The Original; Pink Lady Apple; Plum; Pomegranate; Power Greens; Reishi-Chocolate; and Sweet Thorn.

         5. Requests for Exclusion. The Court finds that no Class Members have submitted timely and valid requests for exclusion from the Class, and, accordingly, all Class Members shall be bound by this Final Order and the accompanying Final Judgment.

         6. Adequacy of Representation. The Court designates Plaintiffs as representatives of the Class, and finds that these Plaintiffs have adequately represented the Class for purposes of entering into and implementing the Agreement. The Court appoints the law firm of Bursor & Fisher, P.A. as counsel for the Class (“Plaintiffs' Counsel”). For purposes of these settlement approval proceedings only, the Court finds that Bursor & Fisher, P.A. are experienced and adequate Plaintiffs' Counsel. Plaintiff and Plaintiffs' Counsel have satisfied the requirements of Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(a)(4) and 23(g).

         7. Class Notice. The Court finds that the dissemination of the Class Notice in accordance with the terms of the Agreement and this Court's Preliminary Approval Order, as described in the Settlement Administrator's Declaration filed before the Fairness Hearing, a copy of which is incorporated herein and made a part hereof:

         a. constituted the best practicable notice to Class Members under the circumstances of the Action;

         b. constituted notice that was reasonably calculated, under the circumstances, to apprise Class Members of (i) the pendency of this class action; (ii) the terms of the proposed Settlement; (iii) their rights under the proposed Settlement; (iv) their right to exclude themselves from the Class and the proposed Settlement; (v) their right to object to any aspect of the proposed Settlement (including, but not limited to, final certification of the Class, the fairness, reasonableness or adequacy of the proposed Settlement, the adequacy of the Class' representation by Plaintiffs or Plaintiffs' Counsel, and/or the award of attorneys' fees and expenses and representative awards); (vi) their right to appear at the Fairness Hearing-either on their own or through counsel hired at their own expense-if they did ...


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