The Court will hold a Final Approval Hearing on October 22, 2020, at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 2108 before Chief United States District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Richard B. Russell Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 75 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303-3309, or at such other time, location, and venue as the Court may Order. This hearing date and time may be moved. Please refer to the Settlement Status page for notice of any changes.
By no later than August 19, 2020 Class Counsel shall file a motion for final approval of the Settlement and a motion for attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses and for Service Awards. Objectors, if any, shall file any response to Class Counsel’s motions no later than October 5, 2020. By no later than October 5, 2020, responses shall be filed, if any, to any filings by objectors, and any replies in support of final approval of the Settlement and/or Class Counsel’s application for attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses and for Service Awards shall be filed.
At the Final Approval Hearing, the Court will consider, among other things, whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate; how much Plaintiffs’ lawyers will receive as attorneys’ fees and costs and expenses; and whether to approve service awards to the Settlement Class Representatives. If there are objections, the Court will consider them. The Court will listen to people at the hearing who file in advance a timely notice of their intention to appear (see instructions here). At or after the Final Approval Hearing, the Court will decide whether to approve the Settlement. There is no deadline by which the Court must make its decision.