No. 13-56964.

846 F.3d 1071 (2017)

Michael P. KOBY, an individual; Michael Simmons, an individual; and Jonathan Supler, an individual, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellees, Bernadette M. Helmuth, Objector-Appellant, United States of America, Intervenor, v. ARS NATIONAL SERVICES, INC., a California corporation; John and Jane Does, 1 through 25, inclusive, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed January 25, 2017.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jonathan Taylor (argued) and Deepak Gupta , Gupta Beck PLLC, Washington, D.C.; Donald A. Yarbrough , Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Steven M. Bronson , The Bronson Firm APC, San Diego, California; for Objector-Appellant.

Philip D. Stern (argued), Union, New Jersey; Robert E. Schroth, Sr. and Robert E. Schroth, Jr. , Schroth & Schroth, San Diego, California, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Sean P. Flynn (argued), Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani, Irvine, California; David L. Hartsell , McGuire Woods LLP, Chicago, Illinois; for Defendant-Appellee.

Brian Wolfman , Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; Ira Rheingold , National Association of Consumer Advocates, Washington, D.C.; for Amicus Curiae National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Before: Paul J. Watford and Michelle T. Friedland, Circuit Judges, and J. Frederick Motz, District Judge.


The magistrate judge in this case approved a class action settlement in which the named plaintiffs and class counsel got what they wanted but the remaining four million class members got worthless injunctive relief. In exchange for receiving nothing of value, the class members gave up their right to assert...

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