Williams v. Duke Energy International

Case # 08-cv-00046
Case Name Williams v. Duke Energy International
Jurisdiction US District Court for S.D. OH
Summary

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants made illegal, large "rebate" payments to large energy customers in the Greater Cincinnati area.  In exchange for these payments, the large energy customers dropped their opposition to a proposed rate increase.

Final Approval Date 04/25/2016
Result
  1. Final Approval granted.
  2. All objections were overruled, including Objector Ference's, which seemed partially copied from a previous objection filed by his attorney in an unrelated matter (see below).
Dismissal of Last Appeal N/A
Attachments Docket Report.pdf
Second Amended Class Action Complaint.pdf
Preliminary Approval Order.pdf
Plaintiffs Motion for Final Approval and Response to Ference Objection.pdf
Final Approval Order.pdf
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Objection of David Jay Ference

Objectors David Jay Ference
Signers David Jay Ference
Simina Vourlis
Attorneys Simina Vourlis
Summary
  1. Class members with de minimis claims under $10 are unfairly excluded from settlement.
  2. Cy pres provisions are improper.
  3. Settlement fund interest should be directed to class members.
  4. Class members with de minimis claims under $300 are unfairly excluded from settlement.  (This seems to be a copy-paste from an objection filed in In re Ford Spark Plug and 3-Valve Engine Products Litigation, given its reference to engine valves, which this settlement does not address.)
  5. Attorneys' fees are excessive.
  6. Class representative incentive awards are excessive.
Attachments Objection of David Ference.pdf
Plaintiffs Motion for Final Approval and Response to Ference Objection.pdf
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