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16-452 - Taylor v. Merchants Credit Adjustors, Inc. et al


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16-452 - Taylor v. Merchants Credit Adjustors, Inc. et al
March 10, 2017
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PROTECTIVE ORDER - This matter is before the Court on the parties' Joint Motion for Entry of Protective Order. (Filing No. 30.) Upon consideration, the motion is granted. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis. (KLF)
July 13, 2017
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ORDER adopting 60 Parties' Stipulation. Deadlines extended as stated. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis. (JAB)
September 14, 2017
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PROGRESSION ORDER - The parties shall sign the settlement agreement by September 29, 2017. The preliminary approval documents shall be filed by October 16, 2017. Defense counsel shall send required CAFA notices within 10 days of the filing of the motion for preliminary approval. The deadline for notice to class members is 45 days after the order on the motion for preliminary approval is entered. The deadline for class members to file claims or opt out of settlement is 60 days after notice is first sent by the class administrator. The deadline for class members' appearances and/or objections is 60 days after notice is first sent by the class administrator. The deadline for the parties motion for final approval of class settlement is 90 days after notice is first sent by the class administrator. The hearing on final approval of class settlement will be set at a later time, but not less than 90 days after the CAFA notice is sent. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis. (KLF)
November 21, 2017
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FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION - Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement and Notice to Class (Filing No. 65) be granted. The Court certify the Settlement Class as defined above. The Class Action Settlement Agreement (Filing No. 67-1) be preliminarily approved pending a final fairness hearing. The Proposed Class Notice (Filing No. 67-2) be approved. Plaintiff be appointed as class representative. Pam Car and William Reinbrecht of the law firm Car & Reinbrecht, P.C. LLO, and Tregg Lunn of the Law Office of Tregg Lunn be appointed as class counsel. The Court schedule a final hearing to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable and adequate. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Susan M. Bazis. (KLF)
December 8, 2017
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ORDER - IT IS ORDERED: The Findings and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge (Filing No. 68) are adopted in full and incorporated herein by reference. Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement and Notice to Class (Filing No. 65) is granted. The following Settlement Class is preliminarily certified for settlement purposes. The proposed Class Action Settlement Agreement (Filing No. [67-1]) is preliminarily approved pending a final fairness hearing. The Proposed Class Notice (Filing No. [67-2]) is approved. Plaintiff Jannette Taylor is appointed as class representative. Pam Car and William Reinbrecht of the law firm Car & Reinbrecht, P.C. LLO, and Tregg Lunn of the Law Office of Tregg Lunn are appointed as class counsel. A final fairness hearing is set for May 17, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom No. 3, Roman Hruska United States Courthouse, 111 South 18th Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68102, to determine whether the proposed settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL)
January 22, 2018
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ORDER ON STIPULATION RE: CLERICAL ERROR IN SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT - Paragraph 4.2 of the Settlement Agreement (Filing No. 67-1) shall be corrected to read: 4.2 Defendant Pansing will establish two separate settlement funds for distribution to the Class Members as follows: A. Settlement Fund No. 1 ($23,320.00) Each Class Member who falls within FDCPA Class No. 1 and/or FDCPA Class No. 2 and (1) who does not exclude himself or herself from the class; and (2) whose class notice is not returned as undeliverable without a forwarding address, shall share equally in the Settlement Fund amount of $23,320.00. Settlement Administrator shall distribute checks of equal amount to each Class Member eligible to receive payment under this Paragraph. The correction to the Settlement Agreement has been considered by the Court and incorporated into its Order granting Preliminary Approval to the Class Action Settlement (Filing No. 69) ("Preliminary Approval Order"), which is based on the Findings and Recommendation submitted by Magistrate Judge Bazis on November 22, 2017. (Filing No. 68). The Preliminary Approval Order remains in full effect. Other than as set forth above, no other term or deadline provided for in the Preliminary Approval Order is altered or changed by this Order. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL)
May 14, 2018
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MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT: Plaintiff's motion for attorneys' fees, Filing No. 73, is granted. Plaintiff is awarded her statutory damages of $2,000.00; an incentive award of $4,000.00 for her work, and $57,000 as costs and attorneys' fees. Ordered by Senior Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (TCL)