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O'Connor v. Uber Techs., Inc.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

September 13, 2019, Decided; September 13, 2019, Filed

Case No. 13-cv-03826-EMC

Opinion

ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL AND PLAINTIFFS' MOTION FOR ATTORNEYS' FEES

Docket [*7]  Nos. 954, 935

Plaintiffs brought two lawsuits against Defendant Uber Technologies, Inc., alleging that Uber misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors rather than as employees. See O'Connor v. Uber Techs., Inc., Case No. 13-cv-3826-EMC, Docket No. 330 ¶ 3; Yucesoy v. Uber Techs., Inc., Case No. 15-cv-262-EMC, Docket No. 292 ¶ 2. Five years of contentious litigation ensued. The parties eventually entered into an agreement to settle both suits, and on March 29, 2019, the Court granted preliminary approval to the parties' class action settlement. O'Connor, Docket No. 930 ("Prelim. Approval Order"); Yucesoy, Docket No. 332.

For the reasons stated on the record and as explained below, the Court now GRANTS Plaintiffs' Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement Agreement and Release and GRANTS Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorneys' Fees. O'Connor, Docket No. 954 ("Mot.") & Docket No. 935 ("MAF"); Yucesoy, Docket No. 347 & Docket No. 335.1 Due and adequate notice of the Settlement Agreement having been given to the Settlement Class; the Court having carefully considered all papers filed and proceedings held herein, including the objections to the proposed Settlement Agreement and/or [*8]  request for attorneys' fees, the Memoranda of Points and Authorities in Support of the Motions and all associated Declarations, the Settlement Agreement, the arguments of counsel, and the record in this case; the Court otherwise being fully informed; and good cause appearing therefore, the Court hereby enters the following order.

I. FACTUAL & PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

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2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157070 *; 2019 WL 4394401

DOUGLAS O'CONNOR, et al., Plaintiffs, v. UBER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., et al., Defendants.

Subsequent History: Affirmed by O'Connor v. Uber Techs., Inc., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 38083 (9th Cir. Cal., Dec. 20, 2019)

Prior History: O'Connor v. Uber Techs., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120406 (N.D. Cal., Aug. 23, 2013)

CORE TERMS

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