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Memorandum in Support of Preliminary Approval of California Wage & Hour Class Action Against 8x8

Memorandum in Support of Preliminary Approval of California Wage & Hour Class Action Against 8x8

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Memorandum in Support of Preliminary Approval of California Wage & Hour Class Action Against 8x8
Memorandum in Support of Preliminary Approval of California Wage & Hour Class Action Against 8x8

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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS SETTLEMENT
BLUMENTHAL, NORDREHAUG & BHOWMIK
 Norman B. Blumenthal (State Bar #068687)Kyle R. Nordrehaug (State Bar #205975)Aparajit Bhowmik (State Bar #248066)2255 Calle ClaraLa Jolla, CA 92037Telephone: (858)551-1223Facsimile: (858) 551-1232
UNITED EMPLOYEES LAW GROUP
Walter Haines (State Bar #71705)65 Pine Ave, #312Long Beach, CA 90802Telephone: (562) 256-1047Facsimile: (562) 256-1006Attorneys for Plaintiffs
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIAIN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA
NIKKI MEIERDIERCKS, an individual;KARIN FLAVETTA, an individual; FRANKTORRES, an individual; on behalf of themselves, and on behalf of all personssimilarly situated,Plaintiffs,vs.8X8, INC.; and Does 1 to 10,Defendants.CASE No.
110cv162413
(Class Action)MEMORANDUM OF POINTS ANDAUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OF MOTIONFOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OFCLASS SETTLEMENTDate: April 29, 2011Time: 9:00 a.m.Dept.:1Judge:Hon. James P. Kleinberg[Complaint Filed: January 27, 2010]
E-FILED
Apr 8, 2011 8:00 AM
David H. Yamasaki
Chief Executive Officer/ClerkSuperior Court of CA, County of Santa ClaraCase #1-10-CV-162413 Filing #G-30947By D. Kontorovsky, Deputy
 
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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS SETTLEMENT
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.INTRODUCTION.........................................................1II.DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT............................2III.NATURE OF THE CASE...................................................3IV.THE SETTLEMENT MEETS THE CRITERIA NECESSARY FOR THIS COURTTO GRANT PRELIMINARY APPROVAL.....................................6A.The Role Of The Court In Preliminary Approval Of AClass Action Settlement...............................................7B.Factors To Be Considered In Granting Preliminarily Approval................71. The Settlement is the Product of Serious, Informed andNoncollusive Negotiations.................................82. The Settlement Has No "Obvious Deficiencies" and Falls Withinthe Range for Approval...................................93.The Settlement Does Not Improperly Grant PreferentialTreatment To Class Representatives or Segments Of TheSettlement Class........................................124. The Stage Of The Proceedings Are Sufficiently AdvancedTo Permit Preliminary Approval Of The Settlement............13V. THE CLASS IS PROPERLY CERTIFIED FOR SETTLEMENT PURPOSES..........14A.California Code of Civil Procedure §382................................14B.The Proposed Class Is Ascertainable and Numerous.......................15C.Common Issues of Law and Fact Predominate............................15D.The Claims of the Plaintiffs Are Typical of the Class Claims.................16E.The Class Representation Fairly and Adequately Protected the Class..........16F.The Superiority Requirement Is Met....................................17 VI.THE PROPOSED METHOD OF CLASS NOTICE IS APPROPRIATE..............17VII.CONCLUSION..........................................................19
E-FILED: Apr 8, 2011 8:00 AM, Superior Court of CA, County of Santa Clara, Case #1-10-CV-162413 Filing #G-30947
 
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MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS SETTLEMENT
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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
Cases:
 
Page:
 Ali v. U.S.A. Cab, Ltd.
,176 Cal. App. 4
th
1333 (2009)...............................................11
 Barcia v. Contain-A-Way, Inc.
,2009 WL 587844 (S.D. Cal. 2009)...........................................10
 Boggs v. Divested Atomic Corp.
,141 F.R.D. 58 (S.D. Ohio 1991)
 
.............................................17
 Bowles v. Superior Court 
,44 Cal.2d 574 (1955)......................................................14
Cook v. Niedert 
,142 F.3d 1004 (7
th
Cir. 1998)................................................12
 Dunk v. Ford Motor Co.
,48 Cal.App.4th 1794 (1996)...............................................6, 7
 Dunbar v. Albertson's, Inc.
,141 Cal. App. 4th 1422 (2006)..............................................11
 Dunleavy v. Nadler (In re Mego Fin. Corp. Sec. Litig.)
,213 F.3d 454 (9
th
Cir. 2000).................................................10
Frazier v. City of Richmond 
,184 Cal.App.3d 1491 (1986).................................................6
Gautreaux v. Pierce
,690 F.2d 616 (7th Cir. 1982).................................................6
Ghazaryan v. Diva Limousine, Ltd.
,
 
169 Cal. App. 4th 1524 (2008)..............................................15
Glass v. UBS Fin. Servs.
,2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8476 (N.D.Cal. January 27, 2007)................10, 11, 12, 13
Green v. Obledo
,29 Cal.3d 126 (1981).......................................................6
 Hanlon v. Chrysler Corp
.,150 F.3d 1011 (9
th
Cir. 1998)..........................................10, 15, 16
 Hogan v. Allstate Ins. Co.
,361 F.3d 621 (11th Cir. 2004)...............................................10
 Hopson v. Hanesbrands Inc
.,2009 WL 928133 (N.D. Cal. 2009)...........................................10
 In re Dun & Bradstreet Credit Servs. Customer Litig.
,130 F.R.D. 366 (6
th
Cir. 2003)..............................................12
E-FILED: Apr 8, 2011 8:00 AM, Superior Court of CA, County of Santa Clara, Case #1-10-CV-162413 Filing #G-30947

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