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In re FCA U.S. LLC Monostable Electronic Gearshift Litigation

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

November 16, 2016

IN RE FCA U.S. LLC MONOSTABLE ELECTRONIC GEARSHIFT LITIGATION MDL No. 2744

          Magistrate Judge David R. Grand

          ORDER

          DAVID M. LAWSON, United States District Judge

         PRETRIAL ORDER NO. 2: APPOINTMENT OF LEAD AND LIAISON COUNSEL

         On October 18, 2016 the Court entered an order scheduling an initial status conference and invited the parties to submit applications for lead and liaison counsel. In response, counsel for the plaintiffs filed a joint motion for the appointment of a leadership structure for the plaintiffs. The Court and the parties discussed the motion and the leadership structure at the initial status conference in open court on November 10, 2016. After consideration, the Court now establishes the leadership structure for representation of the plaintiffs in the consolidated cases before the Court, and establishes the procedures set forth below.

         Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the plaintiffs' omnibus motion for appointment of leadership structure [dkt. #9] is GRANTED IN PART.

         It is further ORDERED as follows:

         I. Appointment of Lead Counsel.

          The Court designates the following counsel as plaintiffs' Lead Counsel and chair of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC):

E. Powell Miller
The Miller Law Firm, P.C.
950 West University Drive, Suite 300 Rochester, Michigan 48307
248-841-2200
epm@millerlawpc.com

         The Court vests Mr. Miller, as Lead Counsel and PSC Chair, with the authority and duty to coordinate and oversee the PSC responsibilities set forth below; to schedule PSC meetings and keep minutes or transcripts of these meetings; to appear at periodic Court-noticed status conferences and hearings; to sign and file all pleadings relating to all actions; and to bind the PSC in scheduling settlement discussions and discovery, setting agendas, entering into stipulations, and in other necessary interactions with the settlement master (if any), defense counsel, and the PSC. Mr. Miller also shall have the authority to retain the services of any attorney not part of the PSC to perform any common benefit work, provided the attorney so consents and is bound by the PSC's compensation structure. He shall perform other necessary PSC administrative and logistical functions and carry out any other duty as the Court may order.

         II. Appointment of ...


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