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Bezdek v. Vibram USA Inc.

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts

January 16, 2015

VALERIE BEZDEK, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff,
v.
VIBRAM USA INC. and VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS LLC, Defendants. BRIAN DEFALCO, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff,
v.
VIBRAM USA INC. and VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS LLC, Defendants

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For Valerie Bezdek, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff (1:12-cv-10513-DPW): Janine L. Pollack, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, New York, NY; Jayne A. Goldstein, LEAD ATTORNEY, Pomerantz LLP, Weston, FL; Joshua E. Keller, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Milberg LLP, New York, NY; Michael K. Beck, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Gary Roberts & Associates, P.A., West Palm Beach, FL; Nathaniel L. Orenstein, LEAD ATTORNEY, Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, Boston, MA; Bryan A. Wood, Daryl DeValerio Andrews, Glen DeValerio, Berman DeValerio, Boston, MA.

For Vibram USA Inc., Vibram FiveFingers LLC, Defendant (1:12-cv-10513-DPW): Andrew C Ryan, Michael J. Rye, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Cantor Colburn LLP, Hartford, CT; Christopher M. Morrison, Dana Baiocco, Jonathon H. Roth, Joseph B. Sconyers, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Jones Day (Bos), Boston, MA.

For Madeline Monti Cain, Objector (1:12-cv-10513-DPW): Christopher T. Cain, Scott & Cain, Knoxville, TN.

For Justin Ference, Objector (1:12-cv-10513-DPW): David C. Aisenberg, LEAD ATTORNEY, Looney Cohen & Aisenberg LLP, Boston, MA.

For Brian DeFalco, Plaintiff (1:13-cv-10764-DPW): William M Sweetnam, LEAD ATTORNEY, Matthew M Rossetti, Sweetnam LLC, Chicago, IL; Daryl DeValerio Andrews, Glen DeValerio, Berman DeValerio, Boston, MA; Nathaniel L. Orenstein, Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, Boston, MA; Patrick J. Sheehan, Whatley Drake & Kallas, Boston, MA.

For Vibram USA, LLC, VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS LLC, Defendants (1:13-cv-10764-DPW): Christopher M. Morrison, Dana Baiocco, Jonathon H. Roth, Joseph B. Sconyers, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Jones Day (Bos), Boston, MA; James R. Daly, LEAD ATTORNEY, PRO HAC VICE, Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, Chicago, IL; Melissa B. Hirst, PRO HAC VICE, Jones Day, Chicago, IL.

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MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

DOUGLAS P. WOODLOCK, UNITED STATES DISTRICT.

Before me, following a fairness hearing and the submission of various post-hearing materials as I directed, is a proposed settlement agreement between the defendants, Vibram USA Inc. and Vibram FiveFingers LLC (collectively, " Vibram" ), both Massachusetts residents, and a nationwide class of consumers who purchased FiveFingers " barefoot" footwear directly from the defendants or through authorized retailers between March 21, 2008, and May 27, 2014. The plaintiffs in these consolidated actions allege that the defendants misrepresented in their advertising and marketing that this footwear provides certain health benefits to wearers.

The plaintiffs have moved for approval of the proposed settlement agreement, which would establish a $3,750,000 non-reversionary settlement fund to provide refunds to eligible class members and cover the costs associated with this litigation, including administrative costs, attorneys' fees and expenses, and incentive awards for the named plaintiffs. The agreement also provides that Vibram will refrain from making representations ...


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