M.Y.

2011 | Cited 0 times | D. Maine | March 1, 2011

ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT OF MINORS' CLAIMS

On February 21, 2011, the parties filed an Unopposed Motion for

Approval of Settlement on Behalf of Minor Plaintiffs and Request to Dispense

with Hearing. In accordance with 14 M.R.S.A. § 1605 and Local Rule 41.2, I

have carefully reviewed the Unopposed Motion; the settlement agreement; the

terms of the annuities that the settlement will fund for the minors; the

contingent fee agreement; declarations documenting the litigation expenses;

and the attorneys' records describing the litigation-related tasks performed,

their standard hourly rate, and the dates and hours worked. I am familiar with

the underlying facts of the case, as well as the amount and the quality of work

of counsel. Following the principles set forth in Holbrook v. Andersen Corp.,

756 F. Supp. 34 (D. Me. 1991), approved by the Maine Law Court in Corey v.

Corey, 803 A.2d 1014 (Me. 2002), I have determined that the settlement is

"fair, reasonable and in the best interests of the minor[s]." Holbrook, 756 F.

Supp. at 38. I also approve as reasonable the requested attorney fees.

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that the Unopposed Motion for

Approval of Settlement on Behalf of Minor Plaintiffs and Request to Dispense

with Hearing is GRANTED.

SO ORDERED.

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