Smith et al v. Werner Enterprises, Inc.
ORDER granting 143 Motion to Approve Settlement Agreement. The parties are ordered to submit a proposed stipulated judgment by 9/17/2015. Signed by Chief Judge William H. Steele on 9/3/2015. (tgw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CORNELIUS SMITH, et al.,
WERNER ENTERPRISES, INC.,
) CIVIL ACTION 14-0107-WS-B
The defendant and eleven plaintiffs have filed a joint motion for approval
of settlement agreement. (Doc. 143). “When employees bring a private action for
back wages under the FLSA, and present to the district court a proposed
settlement, the district court may enter a stipulated judgment after scrutinizing the
settlement for fairness.” Lynn’s Food Stores, Inc. v. United States, 679 F.2d 1350,
1353 (11th Cir. 1982). “[T]he rule of Lynn’s Food Stores applies to settlements
between former employees and employers” just as it does to agreements by current
employees. Nall v. Mal-Motels, Inc., 723 F.3d 1304, 1307 (11th Cir. 2013).
The Court is unusually familiar with this case, as it has entered numerous
rulings on the substantive motions presented by the parties, and the Court has no
difficulty in concluding that the settlement is fair and reasonable. The Court also
determines that the releases and confidentiality provisions satisfy the standards
articulated by the Court in Crabtree v. Volkert, Inc., 2013 WL 593500 (S.D. Ala.
For the reasons set forth above, the joint motion for approval of settlement
agreement is granted. The parties are ordered to submit, on or before
September 17, 2015, a proposed stipulated judgment in accordance with
DONE and ORDERED this 3rd day of September, 2015.
s/ WILLIAM H. STEELE
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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