Tyson Settles Donning, Doffing MDL For $32M

Law360, New York (September 6, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT) -- Tyson Foods Inc. on Friday reached a $32 million settlement in a Georgia multidistrict litigation with chicken processing factory workers who sued the food giant over unpaid time spent donning and doffing work-related attire and safety gear.

Tyson agreed to pay as much as $17.5 million to 16,703 opt-in class members, while covering attorneys' fees and court costs up to $14.5 million, according to a joint motion for settlement approval. If the court signs off on the agreement, the deal would end the MDL consisting of 26 actions consolidated in Georgia federal court in 2007 and 2008.

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