DUHAIME v. JOHN HANCOCK MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

Civil Action No. 96-10706-RGS.

RICHARD DUHAIME, JAMES W. YODER, DONNA M. YODER, THEODORE A. PECK, JOHN SULLIVAN, and CLARISSA SULLIVAN, on behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiffs, v. JOHN HANCOCK MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, JOHN HANCOCK VARIABLE LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, and JOHN HANCOCK DISTRIBUTORS, INC., Defendants.

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 28 U.S.C. § 1332
Cause: 28 U.S.C. § 1332 Diversity - Injunctive & Declaratory Relief
Nature of Suit: 890 Other Statutory Actions
Source: PACER


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Richard Duhaime, Plaintiff, represented by Andrew S. Friedman , Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, P.C., pro hac vice.

Richard Duhaime, Plaintiff, represented by Andrew W. Hutton , Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, pro hac vice, Barry A. Weprin , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, Brad N. Friedman , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, David Pastor , Pastor Law Office, LLP, Douglas M. Brooks , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Glen DeValerio , Berman DeValerio, H. Bunch Sullivan , Bonnett Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C., John K. Grant , Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, John J. Stoia, Jr. , Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman Robbins LLP, Joseph D. Ament , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Keith Martin Fleischman , Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz,LLP, Kenneth G. Gilman , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Lawrence D. Shubow , Shapiro, Grace, Haber & Urmy, Melvyn I. Weiss , Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, Michael B. Hyman , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Michael G. Lange , Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo & William H. London , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein.

Maureen Hahn, Plaintiff, represented by Barry A. Weprin , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, Brad N. Friedman , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, David Pastor , Pastor Law Office, LLP, Douglas M. Brooks , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Glen DeValerio , Berman DeValerio, Joseph D. Ament , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Keith Martin Fleischman , Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz,LLP, Kenneth G. Gilman , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Lawrence D. Shubow , Shapiro, Grace, Haber & Urmy, Melvyn I. Weiss , Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, Michael B. Hyman , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Michael G. Lange , Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, Ron R. Parry , Parry Deering Futscher & Sparks, P.S.C., pro hac vice, Stephen Hubbard , Hubbard & Biederman LLP, W. Christian Hoyer & William H. London , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein.

Theodore A. Peck, Plaintiff, represented by Barry A. Weprin , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, Brad N. Friedman , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, David Pastor , Pastor Law Office, LLP, Douglas M. Brooks , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Glen DeValerio , Berman DeValerio, Joseph D. Ament , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Keith Martin Fleischman , Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz,LLP, Kenneth G. Gilman , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Lawrence D. Shubow , Shapiro, Grace, Haber & Urmy, Melvyn I. Weiss , Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, Michael B. Hyman , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Michael G. Lange , Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, Ron R. Parry , Parry Deering Futscher & Sparks, P.S.C., pro hac vice, Stephen Hubbard , Hubbard & Biederman LLP, W. Christian Hoyer & William H. London , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein.

John Sullivan, Plaintiff, represented by Barry A. Weprin , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, Brad N. Friedman , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, David Pastor , Pastor Law Office, LLP, Douglas M. Brooks , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Glen DeValerio , Berman DeValerio, Joseph D. Ament , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Keith Martin Fleischman , Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz,LLP, Kenneth G. Gilman , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Lawrence D. Shubow , Shapiro, Grace, Haber & Urmy, Melvyn I. Weiss , Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, Michael B. Hyman , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Michael G. Lange , Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, Ron R. Parry , Parry Deering Futscher & Sparks, P.S.C., pro hac vice, Stephen Hubbard , Hubbard & Biederman LLP, W. Christian Hoyer & William H. London , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein.

Clarissa Sullivan, Plaintiff, represented by Barry A. Weprin , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, Brad N. Friedman , Milberg, Weiss, Bershad Specthrie & Lerach, David Pastor , Pastor Law Office, LLP, Douglas M. Brooks , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Glen DeValerio , Berman DeValerio, Joseph D. Ament , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Keith Martin Fleischman , Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz,LLP, Kenneth G. Gilman , Gilman and Pastor, LLP, Lawrence D. Shubow , Shapiro, Grace, Haber & Urmy, Melvyn I. Weiss , Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, Michael B. Hyman , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein, Michael G. Lange , Berman DeValerio Pease Tabacco Burt & Pucillo, Ron R. Parry , Parry Deering Futscher & Sparks, P.S.C., pro hac vice, Stephen Hubbard , Hubbard & Biederman LLP, W. Christian Hoyer & William H. London , Much, Shelist, Freed, Denenberg, Ament, Bell & Rubenstein.

Barbara Larson Proposed Intervenor, Plaintiff, represented by Daniel C. Girard , Girard Gibbs & DeBartolomeo LLP, pro hac vice, John J. Schirger , Miller Schirger, pro hac vice, Norman E. Siegel , Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, pro hac vice & Thomas M. Sobol , Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.

John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, Defendant, represented by Edwin G. Schallert , Debevoise & Plimpton, Jeffrey B. Rudman , Wilmer Hale LLP & John G. Fabiano , Fabiano Law Firm, LLP.

John Hancock Variable Life Insurance Company, Defendant, represented by Edwin G. Schallert , Debevoise & Plimpton, Jeffrey B. Rudman , Wilmer Hale LLP & John G. Fabiano , Fabiano Law Firm, LLP.

John Hancock Distributors, Inc., Defendant, represented by Andrea J. Robinson , Wilmer Hale LLP, John G. Fabiano , Fabiano Law Firm, LLP, Peter A. Spaeth , Wilmer Hale LLP & Edwin G. Schallert , Debevoise & Plimpton.

Howard M. Metzenbaum, Movant, represented by Brian Wolfman , Public Citizen Litigation Group & Douglas Stevick , Public Citizen Litigation Group.

John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), Movant, represented by Andrea J. Robinson , Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Timothy J. Perla , Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP & Eric D. Wolkoff , Wilmer Hale LLP.

Signator Investors, Inc., Movant, represented by Andrea J. Robinson , Wilmer Hale LLP, Timothy J. Perla , Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP & Eric D. Wolkoff , Wilmer Hale LLP.

Kashele Ebron, Interested Party, Pro Se.

Curtiss Ebron, Interested Party, Pro se.

Katherine Rose, Interested Party, represented by Diane A. Nygaard , Nygaard Law Firm, John R. Cavanaugh , Clarkin & Phillips, P.C. & John A. Holland, Jr. , Rich May, a Professional Corp..

Richard Beauvais, Interested Party, represented by Diane A. Nygaard , Nygaard Law Firm, John R. Cavanaugh , Clarkin & Phillips, P.C. & John A. Holland, Jr. , Rich May, a Professional Corp..

Phyllis Beauvais, Interested Party, represented by Diane A. Nygaard , Nygaard Law Firm, John R. Cavanaugh , Clarkin & Phillips, P.C. & John A. Holland, Jr. , Rich May, a Professional Corp..

Timothy Murphy, Interested Party, represented by Diane A. Nygaard , Nygaard Law Firm, John R. Cavanaugh , Clarkin & Phillips, P.C. & John A. Holland, Jr. , Rich May, a Professional Corp..

Delores Goldberg, Interested Party, represented by Diane A. Nygaard , Nygaard Law Firm, John R. Cavanaugh , Clarkin & Phillips, P.C. & John A. Holland, Jr. , Rich May, a Professional Corp..

California Insurance Commissioner, Interested Party, represented by Paul D. Gifford , Attorney General of the State of California.

Texas plaintiffs, Interested Party, represented by Joseph B. Lichtblau .

Thomas W. Olick, Interested Party, Pro Se.

Susan Hencke, Interested Party, represented by John C. Ottenberg , Ottenberg & Dunkless LLP & Willam J. Graham , Bracken & Margolin, LLP.

Vivian Peltier, Notice, Pro Se.


[PROPOSED] ORDER ON MOTION OF JOHN HANCOCK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY (U.S.A.) TO ENFORCE THIS COURT'S RELEASE AND INJUNCTION AGAINST DUHAIME CLASS MEMBER BARBARA LARSON

RICHARD G. STEARNS, District Judge.

Having considered the Motion of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) to enforce the Court's release and injunction against Duhaime Class Member Barbara Larson, together with supporting and opposing papers, the Motion is ALLOWED, and this Court rules as follows:

1. On December 31, 1997, this Court entered a Final Order and Judgment ("Final Judgment," Docket No. 162) approving a class settlement of this case and entering a release and permanent injunction forever extinguishing and barring class members from filing, commencing, or prosecuting any lawsuit in any jurisdiction based on released claims.

2. This Court retains jurisdiction and authority to interpret and enforce the Final Judgment.

3. Barbara Larson ("Larson") is a member of the Duhaime Class, and is bound by the Final Judgment.

4. Ms. Larson is violating the Final Judgment by prosecuting class claims in Larson v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), Case No. RG16813803 (the "Larson Action") that fall within the scope of the release and permanent injunction. Specifically, the release incorporated into this Court's Final Judgment bars, among other things, all claims by Duhaime Class Members relating to Flex V Scheduled Premium Variable Whole Life insurance policies issued from January 1, 1979 through December 31, 1996 that Larson has asserted on a class basis in the Larson Action.

5. To protect the jurisdiction and authority of this Court and to prevent any further violation of its Final Judgment, the permanent injunction is specifically enforced against Larson.

6. Larson is permanently enjoined from violating the Final Judgment, including but not limited to by seeking or continuing to prosecute class claims in the Larson Action on behalf of Duhaime class members including those who Flex V Scheduled Premium Variable Whole Life insurance policies issued from January 1, 1979 through December 31, 1996.

SO ORDERED.


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