Jabbari v. Wells Fargo

Case # 15-cv-02159
Case Name Jabbari v. Wells Fargo
Jurisdiction US District Court for N.D. CA
Summary

Plaintiffs allege that Wells Fargo routinely signed customers up for additional accounts and services without the knowledge or consent of those customers.  When customers then failed to meet minimum balance requirements or pay fees for these unknown accounts, Wells Fargo directly withdrew the funds or sent the delinquent fees to a collections agency.  These practices were encouraged by the Wells Fargo corporate structure through the use of incentives and sales quotas for sales staff.  As a result of these practices, Wells Fargo customers suffered repeated financial harm.

Final Approval Date 06/14/2018
Result
  1. Final Approval granted.
  2. All objections were overruled.
  3. The District Court noted that "[it] is aware that the objection process can be abused by objectors and their counsel who lodge meritless objections for the sole purpose of delaying the implementation of a settlement through appeals in order to be paid fees (See Final Approval Order at 14:3-6)" and reserved the right to determine whether an appeal bond would be warranted.
  4. Numerous objectors appealed the Final Approval, including all the Serial Objectors listed below.
  5. Class Counsel motioned for an appeal bond of $60,457.65 from Objector-Appellant Farmer, arguing that the appeal was meritless and done in bad faith.
  6. The Motion for Appeal Bond was denied.
  7. The Sweeney and Brown appeals were dismissed for failure to pay the filing fee.
  8. All other appeals are ongoing.
Dismissal of Last Appeal ongoing
Attachments Docket Report.pdf
Consolidated Amended Class Action Complaint.pdf
Preliminary Approval Order.pdf
Final Approval Order.pdf
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Objection of Jill Piazza

Objectors Jill Piazza
Signers John J. Pentz
Attorneys John J. Pentz
C. Benjamin Nutley
Steve A. Miller
Summary
  1. Common issues do not predominate.
  2. Class counsels' requested lodestar is excessive, given the actual amount of litigation.

Attorney Pentz filed a pro hac vice motion, which was denied by the District Court.  He then filed an appearance on the appeal.

Attachments Objection of Jill Piazza.pdf
Pentz Application to Appear for Objector Piazza.pdf
Miller Appearance for Objector Piazza.pdf
Substitution of Counsel by Objector Piazza.pdf
Order Denying Pentz Pro Hac Vice Admission.pdf
Appeal of Objector Piazza.pdf
Pentz Appearance for Objector-Appellant Piazza.pdf
Piazza Appeal Docket.pdf
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Objection of Chad Farmer

Objectors Chad Farmer
Signers Chad Farmer
Timothy R. Hanigan
Attorneys Timothy R. Hanigan
Christopher A. Bandas
Robert W. Clore
Summary
  1. Common issues may not predominate, which prevents the class from being certified.

Attorneys Clore and Bandas filed their appearances on the appeal.

Attachments Objection of Chad Farmer.pdf
Hanigan Appearance for Objector Farmer.pdf
Appeal of Objector Farmer.pdf
Amended Appeal of Objector Farmer.pdf
Bandas Appearance for Objector-Appellant Farmer.pdf
Clore Appearance for Objector-Appellant Farmer.pdf
Motion for Appeal Bond from Objector-Appellant Farmer.pdf
Farmer Opposition to Motion for Appeal Bond.pdf
Reply in Support of Motion for Appeal Bond from Objector Farmer.pdf
Order Denying Motion for Appeal Bond.pdf
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Objection of Jeff M. Brown

Objectors Jeff M. Brown
Signers
Attorneys
Summary

Objection under seal. Docket #252.

The Brown Appeal was dismissed for failure to pay the filing fee.

Attachments Appeal of Objector Brown.pdf
Dismissal of Brown Appeal.pdf
Brown Appeal Docket.pdf
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Objection of Kerry Ann Sweeney

Objectors Kerry Ann Sweeney
Signers
Attorneys
Summary

Objection under seal.  Docket #275.

The Sweeney Appeal was dismissed for failure to pay the filing fee.  Objector-Appellant Sweeney motioned for an extension of time to file, which was denied as moot since it was filed too late.

Attachments Appeal of Objector Sweeney.pdf
Sweeney Appeal Docket.pdf
Sweeney Motion for Extension to Pay Appeal Fee.pdf
Sweeney Appeal Docket.pdf
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Objection of Barbara Cochran

Objectors Barbara Cochran
Signers
Attorneys George W. Cochran
Summary

Objection under seal.

Attachments Appeal of Objector Cochran.pdf
Cochran Appearance for Objector-Appellant Cochran.pdf
Cochran Appeal Docket.pdf
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