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Bhatia v. 3M Company

United States District Court, D. Minnesota

September 11, 2019

Vikram Bhatia, D.D.S., et al., on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,
3M Company, Defendant.



         WHEREAS, the Parties to the above-described class action (the “Action”) entered into a Stipulation of Settlement dated as of March 25, 2019 (the “Stipulation” or “Settlement”); and

         WHEREAS, on April 10, 2019, the Court entered an Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement, which, inter alia; (i) preliminarily approved the Settlement; (ii) determined that, for purposes of the settlement only, the Action should proceed as a class action pursuant to Rules 23(a) and 23(b)(3) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, on behalf of a class consisting of all dentists or dental practices in the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam who purchased 3M's Lava Ultimate Restorative, applied the product as a dental crown, and had patients who experienced one or more full or partial debonds on or before June 15, 2020, excluding persons and entities who submitted valid and timely requests for exclusion pursuant to the Notice ordered by the Court and persons and entities who released their claims against Defendant in connection with private individual settlements (“Class”); (iii) appointed Angela Ferrari, D.D.S., Angela M. Ferrari, D.D.S., Inc., Edward Shapiro, D.D.S., Pacific Holistic Dental, Inc., Jerry Yu, D.D.S., Jerry Yu Dental Corp. d/b/a Grand Avenue Smiles, James Lewis D.M.D., James C. Lewis, D.M.D., P.A., Lazaro Fernandez, D.D.S., Lazaro Fernandez, D.D.S., P.A., d/b/a Fernandez Dental Center-Miami Lakes Fernandez Dental Office, Vikram Bhatia, D.D.S., Jeffrey Chen, D.D.S., Brookhaven Dental Associates, P.C., Johns Creek Dental Associates, P.C., Justin Ebersole, D.D.S., Parsons Dental Care, LLC, Mike Henrickson, D.D.S., Dr. Myron Henrickson, Henrickson Dental PLC, Mary Gadbois, D.D.S., Cherry Hill Dental Associates, Inc., Dominick Lembo, D.M.D., Dr. Dominick Lembo, D.M.D., P.C. d/b/a Belmont Dental Associates, Jonathan Banker, D.D.S., Banker Dental Associates, P.A., Dr. Timothy Rauch, D.D.S., Desert Ridge Dental, Anthony J. Peppy D.D.S., Samuel Peppy D.D.S., Peppy Dental, Paul Bookman, D.M.D., Bryn Mawr Dental Associates, LTD, David Dudzinski, D.D.S, D&N Dental PLLC d/b/a Creekview Dental, Bruce Sherrill, D.D.S., Brent Robinson D.D.S., Robinson Dental P.S., Sean Couch D.D.S., and Sean M. Couch D.D.S. P.S. d/b/a Kingston Dental as Class Representatives; (iv) appointed Daniel C. Hedlund of Gustafson Gluek PLLC and Warren T. Burns of Burns Charest LLP as Class Counsel; (v) approved the form and manner of notice of the Settlement to members of the Class (“Class Members”); (vi) directed that appropriate notice of the Settlement be given to the Class; and (vii) set a hearing date to consider final approval of the Settlement; and

         WHEREAS, notice of the Settlement was provided to Class Members in accordance with the Court's Preliminary Approval Order, including by individual mailed Notice to all Class Members who were identified through Defendant's records; and

         WHEREAS, a notice of the Settlement was mailed to government officials as described in 28 U.S.C. § 1715; and

         WHEREAS, on September 4, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, Courtroom 7C, Warren E. Burger Federal Building, 316 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101, The Honorable Donovan W. Frank held a hearing to determine whether the Settlement was fair, reasonable, and adequate to the Class (“Fairness Hearing”); and

         WHEREAS, based on the foregoing, having considered the papers filed and proceedings held in connection with the Settlement, having considered all of the other files, records, and proceedings in the Action, and being otherwise fully advised, THE COURT HEREBY FINDS AND CONCLUDES that:

         A. This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of the Action and over all Parties to the Action, including all Class Members.

         B. This Order incorporates the definitions in the Stipulation, and all terms used in the Order have the same meanings as set forth in the Stipulation, unless otherwise defined herein.

         C. The Notice given to the Class in accordance with the Preliminary Approval Order was the best notice practicable under the circumstances of this Action, and constituted due and sufficient notice of the proceedings and matters set forth therein, including of the Settlement, to all persons entitled to notice. The notice fully satisfied the requirements of due process, Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and all other applicable law and rules.

         D. The notice to government officials, as given, complied with 28 U.S.C. § 1715.

         E. The Settlement set forth in the Stipulation (i) is in all respects fair, reasonable, and adequate to the Class, (ii) was the product of informed, arms'-length negotiations among competent, able counsel, and (iii) was made based upon a record that is sufficiently developed and complete to have enabled the Class Representatives and Defendant to adequately evaluate and consider their positions.

         F. The Plan of Distribution proposed by the Parties is fair, reasonable, and adequate.

         G. The Class Representatives have fairly and adequately represented the interests of Class Members in ...

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