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Cachia v. Michigan Cat

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

October 31, 2019

KRISTY CACHIA, as Personal Representative for the Estate of MATTHEW DOUGLASS, Deceased, Plaintiff,
v.
MICHIGAN CAT, an Assumed Name for MACALLISTER MACHINERY CO., INC., an Indiana Corporation, MACALLISTER RENTALS d/b/a MACALLISTER MACHINERY CO., INC., an Indiana Corporation, and AK STEEL CORPORATION, a Delaware Corporation, Defendants.

          GEOFFREY N. FIEGER (P30441) KEVIN C. RIDDLE (P57435) JAMES HARRINGTON (P65351) Fieger, Fieger, Kenney & Harrington, P.C. Attorney for Plaintiff

          MARK J. ZAUSMER (P31721) CAMERON GETTO (57300) Zausmer, August & Caldwell, P.C. Attorneys for Defendant AK Steel ANTHONY J. KOSTELLO (P57199) Vandeveer Garzia Attorney for Def McCallister & MI CAT

          Mag. Judge David A. Grand

          ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO APPROVE WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENT, COSTS AND ATTORNEY FEES AND AUTHORITY TO DISTRIBUTE PROCEEDS

          HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH JUDGE

         This matter having come before the Court on Plaintiff's Motion For Approval of Settlement, Attorneys Fees and Costs, and the Court being otherwise fully advised in the premises;

         IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Plaintiff's Motion to Approve Wrongful Death Settlement, Attorneys Fees and Costs and Authority To Distribute Proceeds, is granted, as it is in the best interest of the Estate.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the settlement proceeds of One Million Dollars and 00/100 ($1, 000, 000.00) Dollars, be distributed as follows:

         a. $90, 046.86 payable to Fieger, Fieger, Kenney and Harrington, P.C., said sum representing reimbursement for attorney costs expended in this matter[1];

         b. $303, 317.72 payable to Fieger, Fieger, Kenney and Harrington, P.C., said sum representing attorney fees payable pursuant to the contingency fee and agreement between Fieger, Fieger, Kenney and Harrington, P.C. and Plaintiff.

         c. $5, 000 payable to the Law Offices of Howard Linden for their portion of attorney work done for the probate estate;

         d. The balance of the net proceeds of $601, 635.42 will be distributed, as follows:

i.

Kristy Cachia

$441, 635.42

ii.

Abriella Douglass

$30, 000.00 (structured settlement)

iii.

Sydney Douglass

$30, 000.00 (structured settlement)

iv.

Nicholas Douglass

$30, 000.00

v.

Robert Williamson

$30, 000.00

vi.

Marc Douglass

$10, 000.00

vii.

Judy Douglass

$10, 000.00

viii.

Carla Douglass

$10, 000.00

ix.

Jonathan Douglass

$10, 000.00

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED ORDERED that Employers Mutual Casualty ...


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