Kline v. Alpha Cable Solutions LLC
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION. Signed by Judge L Scott Coogler on 7/1/2015. (PSM)
2015 Jul-01 PM 01:13
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
ALPHA CABLE SOLUTIONS,
Memorandum of Opinion
Before the Court is the parties’ joint motion for approval of settlement.
(Doc. 19.) This suit was brought by Plaintiff Flynn Kline (“Kline”) to collect alleged
unpaid overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). See
29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq. In the “context of suits brought directly by employees against
their employer . . . to recover back wages for FLSA violations,” any party to an FLSA
settlement must present any proposed settlement to the district court, which “may
enter a stipulated judgment after scrutinizing the settlement for fairness.” Lynn’s Food
Stores, Inc. v. United States Dep’t of Labor, 679 F.2d 1350, 1353 (11th Cir. 1982).
Having considered the guidelines set forth by the Eleventh Circuit for approval
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of an FLSA settlement, the Court finds that the proposed settlement agreement is fair,
as it reflects a reasonable compromise of issues actually in dispute. The settlement was
reached in an adversarial context in which Kline was represented by competent and
experienced counsel, and the totality of the proposed settlement is fair and reasonable.
See id. at 1354.
For the reasons stated above, the joint motion for approval of settlement
agreement (Doc. 19) is due to be granted.
Done this 1st day of July 2015.
L. SCOTT COOGLER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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