Smith et al v. Werner Enterprises, Inc.
ORDER granting 144 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 plaintiff William Newton have filed a joint renewed
motion for approval of settlement agreement. (Doc. 144). “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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