Hyland v. Navient Corporation

20-3765-cv (L) Hyland v. Navient Corporation 1 UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS 2 FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT 3 4 August Term, 2021 5 6 (Argued: March 10, 2022 Decided: September 7, 2022) 7 8 Docket Nos. 20-3765-cv, 20-3766-cv 9 10 _____________________________________ 11 12 KATHRYN HYLAND, MELISSA GARCIA, JESSICA SAINT-PAUL, REBECCA 13 SPITLER-LAWSON, MICHELLE MEANS, ELIZABETH KAPLAN, JENNIFER 14 GUTH, MEGAN NOCERINO, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, AND ANTHONY 15 CHURCH, EACH INDIVIDUALLY AND ON BEHALF OF ALL OTHERS 16 SIMILARLY SITUATED, 17 18 Plaintiffs-Appellees, 19 20 v. 21 22 NAVIENT CORPORATION, NAVIENT SOLUTIONS LLC, 23 24 Defendants-Appellees, 25 26 v. 27 28 WILLIAM YEATMAN, RICHARD ESTLE CARSON, III, 29 30 Objectors-Appellants. ∗ 31 _____________________________________ 32 Before: 33 34 SACK, LOHIER, and NARDINI, Circuit Judges. 35 ∗ The Clerk of Court is directed to amend the caption to conform to the caption above. 1 In this class action, the United States District Court for the Southern 2 District of New York (Cote, J.) certified a settlement class under Federal Rule of 3 Civil Procedure 23(b)(2), approved a settlement agreement that included a cy 4 pres award to establish a nonprofit that would provide student loan counseling 5 to borrowers, and approved $15,000 in service awards for the named plaintiffs. 6 We conclude that the District Court acted within the bounds of its discretion in 7 making each of these decisions. AFFIRMED. 8 9 CAITLIN J. HALLIGAN (Faith E. Gay, Yelena Konanova, 10 David A. Coon, Max Siegel, on the brief), Selendy & Gay 11 PLLC, New York, NY; Mark Richard, Phillips, Richard 12 & Rind, P.A., Miami, FL, for Plaintiffs-Appellees Kathryn 13 Hyland, Melissa Garcia, Jessica Saint-Paul, Rebecca 14 Spitler-Lawson, Michelle Means, Elizabeth Kaplan, 15 Jennifer Guth, Megan Nocerino, Elizabeth Taylor, and 16 Anthony Church, each individually and on behalf of all 17 others similarly situated. 18 19 Ashley M. Simonsen, Covington & Burling LLP, Los 20 Angeles, CA; Andrew A. Ruffino, Covington & Burling 21 LLP, New York, NY, for Defendants-Appellees Navient 22 Corporation, Navient Solutions, LLC. 23 24 ANNA ST. JOHN, Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute, Center 25 for Class Action Fairness, Washington, DC, for Objector- 26 Appellant William Yeatman. 27 28 ERIC ALAN ISAACSON, Law Office of Eric Alan Isaacson, 29 La Jolla, CA, for Objector-Appellant Richard Estle Carson, 30 III. 31 32 LOHIER, Circuit Judge: 33 This appeal concerns a settlement that a class of public servants negotiated 34 with the loan servicing companies Navient Corporation and Navient Solutions, 2 1 LLC (together, “Navient”). As part of the settlement, Navient agreed to deliver 2 better and more accurate information to borrowers and to contribute a cy pres 3 award of $2.25 million to establish a nonprofit organization that provides 4 counseling to borrowers at all stages of the repayment process. In exchange, the 5 class agreed to release their claims for non-monetary relief, though they retain 6 the right to sue Navient individually for money damages. 7 The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York 8 (Cote, …

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