$10M Deal Falls Short In Forklift Driver's Break, OT Suit

Law360 (February 4, 2019, 8:03 PM EST) -- A California federal judge has refused to greenlight a $10 million settlement resolving claims that a staffing company flouted labor laws by stiffing workers on breaks and overtime, rejecting the idea that courts should be "lax'" with preliminary settlement approvals.

In her Friday order, U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller denied lead plaintiff Michael H. Stoddart’s preliminary approval request for the settlement he reached with Express Services Inc. and its franchisee, Phillips & Associates Inc. The judge took issue with the settlement’s amount, release of liability and handling of California’s Private Attorneys General Act claims.

Judge Mueller noted that she was...

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California Eastern

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Civil Rights: Jobs


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Date Filed

April 20, 2012

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