I wasn’t convinced by the plaintiffs’ argument. It is as if they want to go off and negotiate privately, but with DOJ included this time, and continue to ignore most of the class members.
They also seemed to be mainly concerned about resolving the issues DOJ raised. But there were a number of objections that were different from those of DOJ, and DOJ seemed to be hoping that the Court would give the parties more direction on “those aspects of the Proposed Settlement that need to be improved.”
It seems to me that it would make more sense to have all the objections heard now so that the court would be able to give the parties direction now, rather than have them come back with a revised agreement and have another whole round of briefs and such.
At any rate, being a class member who filed a notice of intent to appear, I thought it would be okay for me to send the judge a letter urging him to deny the motion to adjourn the October 7 hearing. So I emailed a letter to Judge Chin this afternoon using the e mail address we told to use to submit requests to speak at the hearing.
Procedurally, this seemed a bit casual to me, but so much in this case is so unusual, that I figured I might as well try it. (I can’t use the court’s electronic filing system, so I used what seemed like a reasonable alternative.) I did, of course, send copies to the parties’ counsel.