In re Volkswagen "Clean Diesel" Marketing, Sales Practices, And Products Liability Litigation, 012219 FED9, 17-16066

Docket Nº:17-16066
Party Name:In re: VOLKSWAGEN 'CLEAN DIESEL' MARKETING, SALES PRACTICES, AND PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION, v. VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.; VOLKSWAGEN, AG; AUDI, AG; AUDI OF AMERICA, LLC; PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC.; ROBERT BOSCH GMBH; ROBERT BOSCH, LLC, Defendants-Appellees. HILL; RAY PRECIADO; SUSAN TARRENCE; STEVEN R. THORNTON; ANNE DUNCAN AR...
Judge Panel:Before: M. SMITH and NGUYEN, Circuit Judges, and RESTANI, Judge.
Case Date:January 22, 2019
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 
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In re: VOLKSWAGEN "CLEAN DIESEL" MARKETING, SALES PRACTICES, AND PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION,

HILL; RAY PRECIADO; SUSAN TARRENCE; STEVEN R. THORNTON; ANNE DUNCAN ARGENTO; SIMON W. BEAVEN; JULIET BRODIE; SARAH BURT; AIMEE EPSTEIN; GEORGE FARQUAR; MARK HOULE; REBECCA KAPLAN; HELEN KOISK-WESTLY; RAYMOND KREIN; LEO WINTERNITZ; MARCUS ALEXANDER DOEGE; LESLIE MACLISE-KANE; TIMOTHY WATSON; FARRAH P. BELL; JERRY LAWHON; MICHAEL R. CRUISE; JOHN C. DUFURRENA; SCOTT BAHR; KARL FRY; CESAR OLMOS; BRITNEY LYNNE SCHNATHORST; CARLA BERG; AARON JOY; ERIC DAVIDSON WHITE; FLOYD BECK WARREN; THOMAS J. BUCHBERGER; RUSSELL EVANS; CARMEL RUBIN; DANIEL SULLIVAN; MATTHEW CURE; DENISE DE FIESTA; MARK ROVNER; WOLFGANG STEUDEL; ANNE MAHLE; DAVID MCCARTHY; SCOTT MOEN; RYAN JOSEPH SCHUETTE; MEGAN WALAWENDER; JOSEPH MORREY;MICHAEL LORENZ; NANCY L. STIREK; REBECCA PERLMUTTER; ADDISON MINOTT; RICHARD GROGAN; ALAN BANDICS; MELANI BUCHANAN FARMER; KEVIN BEDARD; ELIZABETH BEDARD; CYNTHIA R. KIRTLAND; MICHAEL CHARLES KRIMMELBEIN; WILL HARLAN; HEATHER GREENFIELD; THOMAS W. AYALA; HERBERT YUSSIM; NICHOLAS BOND; BRIAN J. BIALECKI; KATHERINE MEHLS; WHITNEY POWERS; ROY MCNEAL; BRETT ALTERS; KELLY R. KING; RACHEL OTTO; WILLIAM ANDREW WILSON; DAVID EBENSTEIN; MARK SCHUMACHER; CHAD DIAL; JOSEPH HERR; KURT MALLERY; MARION B. MOORE; LAURA SWENSON; BRIAN NICHOLAS MILLS; STEPHEN VERNER, Plaintiffs-Appellees,

AUTOPORT, LLC, Objector-Appellant,

v.

VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.; VOLKSWAGEN, AG; AUDI, AG; AUDI OF AMERICA, LLC; PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC.; ROBERT BOSCH GMBH; ROBERT BOSCH, LLC, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 17-16066

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

January 22, 2019

NOT FOR PUBLICATION

Argued and Submitted December 19, 2018 San Francisco, California

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California No. 3:15-md-02672-CRB Charles R. Breyer, District Judge, Presiding

Before: M. SMITH and NGUYEN, Circuit Judges, and RESTANI, [**] Judge.

MEMORANDUM [*]

Attorneys for Objector-Appellant Autoport, LLC (Autoport) represented it in a state-court action against Volkswagen, and also provided guidance to class counsel in this underlying multidistrict litigation (MDL). Autoport filed a motion for attorneys' fees to recover for these services, which the district court denied along with 243 other fee motions. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we affirm.

Much of the relevant factual background for this appeal is set forth in the concurrently filed opinion in Bishop, Heenan & Davies v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Nos. 17-16020+. As part of the flurry of litigation that followed public disclosure of Volkswagen's use of "defeat devices" in its purportedly "clean diesel" vehicles, Autoport and its lawyers represented non-Volkswagen dealers (Non-VW Dealers) in Missouri state court.1 Upon reviewing the proposed MDL settlement filed with the district court (the Settlement), one of Autoport's lawyers, Allen P. Press of the firm Jacobson Press & Fields P.C. (JPF), noted that its text might have excluded Non-VW Dealers-an omission that, as confirmed by one of Volkswagen's lawyers, would have been inadvertent. Press proceeded to engage with the MDL's Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC), and after a "lengthy email exchange with various PSC members," the MDL's "Lead Counsel stated that dealers were included in the Settlement." The final Settlement text remedied these potential errors and included Non-VW Dealers....

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