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Clark v. American Residential Serv. LLC, B203476

Trial court order approving a settlement in a class action labor lawsuit is vacated where the trial court: 1) did not receive and consider the information required for an understanding of the amount in controversy and the realistic range of outcomes of the litigation; 2) thus lacked the sufficient basis to make the requisite independent assessment of the reasonableness of the terms of the settlement; and 3) the court abused its discretion in giving incentive awards to the named plaintiffs of the magnitude approved in the case, and in awarding costs greater than the maximum amount specified in the notice given to the class.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/06/2009
  • Published 07/06/2009


  • BAUER, J.*


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Law Office of Randall Crane, Randall C. Crane and Leonard Emma, Oakland, for Objectors and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Law Office of Kevin T. Barnes, Kevin T. Barnes and Gregg Lander, Los Angeles;  Law Office of Joseph Antonelli, Joseph Antonelli and Janelle C. Carney, West Covina, for Plaintiffs and Respondents., Winston & Strawn, Lee T. Paterson, Amanda C. Sommerfeld and Emilie C. Woodhead, Los Angeles, for Defendants and Respondents.
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