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Yelp Settlement Copy

Yelp Settlement Copy

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PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF MOTION ISO PRELIMINARY APPROVAL
Case No. 3:11-cv-01503-EMC
Peter Rukin (SBN 178336)RUKIN HYLAND DORIA & TINDALL LLP100 Pine Street, Suite 2150San Francisco, CA 94111Telephone: (415) 421-1800Facsimile: (415) 421-1700E-mail: peterrukin@rhdtlaw.comRosa Vigil-Gallenberg (SBN 251872)GALLENBERG PC9701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1000Beverly Hills, CA 90071Telephone: (310) 295-1654Facsimile: (310) 733-5654Email: rosa@gallenberglaw.comIan McLoughlin (
 pro hac vice
application to be filed)Tom Urmy (
 pro hac vice
application to be filed)SHAPIRO HABER & URMY LLP53 State Street 13th Floor Boston, MA 02109Telephone: (617) 439-3939Facsimile: (617) 439-0134E-mail: theyman@shulaw.comAttorneys for Representative PlaintiffsUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIASAN FRANCISCO DIVISIONJUSTIN LARKIN, ANTHONY TIJERINO, andAHMAD DEANES, on behalf of themselves andall others similarly situated,Plaintiffs,v.YELP! INC.,Defendant.Case No. 3:11-cv-01503-EMC
PLAINTIFFS’
NOTICE OF MOTIONAND MEMORANDUM OF POINTS ANDAUTHORITIES IN SUPPORT OFMOTION FOR PRELIMINARYAPPROVAL OF CLASS ANDCOLLECTIVE ACTION SETTLEMENT
 Date: June 1, 2012Time: 1:30 p.m.Courtroom: 5 -17
th
Floor Judge: Hon. Edward M. Chen
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PLAINTIFFS’ NOTICE OF MOTION ISO PRELIMINARY APPROVAL
Case No. 3:11-cv-01503-EMC
TO THE COURT AND TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD:
 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on June 1, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as thematter may be heard in the courtroom of the Honorable Edward Chen, in Courtroom 5 of theUnited States District Court for the Northern District of California, located at 450 Golden Gate,San Francisco, California, Plaintiffs will and hereby do make this unopposed motion for an order from this Court granting preliminary approval of the proposed class and collective actionsettlement in the above-entitled litigation pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 and 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 etseq. Through this motion, Plaintiffs seek an order from the Court: (1) granting preliminaryapproval of the proposed settlement; (2) conditionally certifying for settlement purposes a NationalSettlement Class; (3) conditionally certifying a California Class for settlement purpose; (4)approving the form, content and method of distribution of the Notice; (5) appointing Simpluris,Inc. as the Claims Administrator; (6) appointing Rukin Hyland Doria & Tindall LLP, GallenbergPC, and Shapiro Haber & Urmy LLP as settlement Class Counsel, and (7) scheduling a hearing
regarding final approval of the proposed settlement and Class Counsel’s request for attorney’s fees,
costs, and enhancement award payments.This motion is based on the concurrently filed memorandum of points and authorities, thedeclarations of Peter Rukin, Rosa Vigil-Gallenberg, Tom Urmy and all other pleadings and paperson file in this action, and such argument as the court may hear.Dated: April 27, 2012 Respectfully submitted,RUKIN HYLAND DORIA & TINDALL LLPBy: _______/s/ Peter Rukin ______________ Peter Rukin
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PLAINTIFFS’ MPA ISO PRELIMINARY APPROVAL
Case No. 3:11-cv-01503-EMC
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................................1II. FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND ............................................................2A. Factual Background and the Parties' Contentions ...................................................................2B. Procedural History ..................................................................................................................3III. TERMS OF THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT .....................................................................4A. The Settlement Class ...............................................................................................................4B. Relief of the Settlement Class .................................................................................................5C. Settlement Notice, Claim and Exclusion Procedures .............................................................6D. Release of Clams ....................................................................................................................7E.
PAGA Payment, Class Representatives’ Incentive Payments, Attorneys Fees and Costs,
 and Settlement Administration ...............................................................................................7F. Payment ..................................................................................................................................7IV. ARGUMENT ..........................................................................................................................7A. Preliminary Approval of the Settlement is Appropriate .........................................................81. The Settlement Is the Product of Serious, Informed, Non-Collusive Negotiation .....92. The Settlement Contains No Obvious Deficiencies andFalls Within the Range of Possible Approval ...........................................................9a.
The Strength of Plaintiffs’ Case and the Risk, Expense, Complexity,
andLikely Duration of Further Litigation Support Preliminary Approval ........10 b. The Settlement Consideration and Plan of Allocation Are Fair andReasonable ....................................................................................................113.
The Attorneys’ Fees and Costs that Plaintiffs Intend to Request Are Reasonable
..124. The Proposed Service Awards to Class Representatives Are Reasonable ...............135. The Court Should Appoint Simpluris, Inc., to Administer the Settlement Claims ..14B. Class and Collective Action Certification Is Proper .............................................................151. Standards Governing Approval of Settlement Classes .............................................152. The Settlement Class Satisfies the Requirements of 23(a) ........................................163. The Settlement Class Meets the Requirement of Rule 23(b)(3) ...............................18C. The Proposed Notice is Adequate, Such that the Court Should Order Distribution of the Notice to Class Members .......................................................................19D. The Court Should Set a Final Approval Hearing .................................................................19V. CONCLUSION .....................................................................................................................20
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