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Coulter-Owens v. Rodale, Inc.

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

March 25, 2015

ROSE COULTER-OWENS, individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff,
v.
RODALE INC., a Pennsylvania Corporation, Defendant.

ROSE COULTER-OWENS, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Benjamin S. Thomassen One of Plaintiff’s attorneys. Ari J. Scharg, Benjamin S. Thomassen, Edelson PC, Henry M. Scharg Law Office of Henry M. Scharg, Counsel for Plaintiffs and the putative Class.

RODALE INC., Anthony T. Eliseuson One of Defendant’s attorneys Natalie J. Spears Anthony T. Eliseuson Kristen C. Rodriguez DENTONS U.S. LLP, Peter B. Kupelian (P31812) Carol G. Schley (P51301), Clark Hill PLC.

STIPULATION AND ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION

Robert H. Cleland, United States District Judge.

This Stipulation is entered into by and among Plaintiff Rose Coulter-Owens and Defendant Rodale Inc., by and through their respective counsel.

WHEREAS, Plaintiff Rose Coulter-Owens filed her Class Action Complaint on July 9, 2014, (Dkt. 1); WHEREAS, at the time Plaintiff filed her Complaint, she also filed a motion for class certification requesting, among other things, that the Court reserve ruling on the issue of class certification until after the Parties have had a sufficient opportunity to commence and complete discovery related to requirements of Fed.R.Civ.P. 23 for maintaining this action as a class action, (Dkt. 2). Plaintiff filed her motion to protect against an attempt by Defendant to “buy off” her representative claims by making a settlement offer before a motion for class certification was pending before the Court. See Damasco v. Clearwire Corp., 662 F.3d 891, 896 (7th Cir. 2011) (“A simple solution to the buy-off problem . . . is available. . . . Class-action plaintiffs can move to certify the class at the same time that they file their complaint. The pendency of that motion protects a putative class from attempts to buy off the named plaintiffs.”).[1]

NOW THEREFORE, the parties stipulate as follows:

1. Upon execution and filing of this stipulation, the parties request that the Court enter an order denying without prejudice Plaintiff’s Motion For Class Certification. (Dkt 1.)
2. Beginning from the time that the Court enters an order denying without prejudice Plaintiff’s Motion For Class Certification, Defendant agrees that in the event Defendant intends to make Plaintiff any individual settlement offer, but before any such offer is made, Defendant will either (i) seek Plaintiff’s prior consent or (ii) wait until Plaintiff first files a renewed motion for class certification.

IT IS SO STIPULATED.

IT IS SO ORDERED


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