A proposed Settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit involving the October 2021 oil spill off the coast of Orange County near Huntington Beach (the “Oil Spill”). A Federal Court authorized this Notice because you have a right to know about the proposed Settlement between the Waterfront Tourism Class and the Shipping Defendants and about your rights and options before the Court decides whether to give final approval to the Settlement. This Notice explains the lawsuit, the proposed Settlement, your legal rights, and the hearing (“Final Approval Hearing”) to be held by the Court to consider the fairness, reasonableness, and adequacy of the Settlement.
The case is called Gutierrez, et al. v. Amplify Energy Corp., et al., Case No. SA 21-CV-1628-DOC-JDE (C.D. Cal.). The persons who have filed the class action and serve as Waterfront Tourism Class Representatives are Banzai Surf Company, LLC, Beyond Business Incorporated, d/b/a Big Fish Bait & Tackle, Bongos Sportfishing LLC and Bongos III Sportfishing LLC, Davey’s Locker Sportfishing, Inc., East Meets West Excursions, Tyler Wayman, Donald C. Brockman, and Heidi M. Jacques. Additional Plaintiffs serve as Class Representatives to represent the Property and Fisher Classes. The Shipping Defendants in the lawsuit are Capetanissa Maritime Corporation, Costamare Shipping Co., S.A., V.Ships Greece Ltd., the M/V Beijing, Dordellas Finance Corp., MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA, Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.r.l., MSC Shipmanagement Ltd., and the MSC Danit.