Covington v. American Railcar Industries Inc
ORDER OF PRELIMINARY APPROVAL. The notice of proposed settlement included with the joint motion for preliminary approval is adequate and is hereby approved. A final fairness hearing will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on 5/14/2018 at the United States Dis trict Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 615 South Main St. Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. The parties must file motion papers for final approval of all terms of the settlement agreement no later than 14 days before the final fairness hearing. This action is stayed pending a ruling on the settlement at the final fairness hearing. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 1/19/2018. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JAMES COVINGTON, individually and
on behalf of all others similarly situated
No. 3:17CV00145 JLH
AMERICAN RAILCAR INDUSTRIES, INC.
ORDER OF PRELIMINARY APPROVAL
The parties have filed a Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of class and collective action
settlement and notice to the Settlement Class. It appears to the Court that the proposed settlement
is fair and reasonable and that the Notice of the Proposed Settlement is adequate. The Court
therefore gives preliminary approval of the settlement. The Settlement Class is defined as:
The “Settlement Class” or the “Class” consists of all current or former hourly-paid
production and maintenance employees who work or worked at American Railcar’s
Paragould Manufacturing facility located in Paragould, Arkansas, at any time
between June 06, 2014, and January 10, 2018. These individuals have been
identified in the class lists provided by American Railcar to Class Counsel.
ILYM Group, Inc., is approved as the Claims Administrator who will provide notice and
administer the claims process under the settlement agreement if it is finally determined to be fair.
Approximately forty (40) days before the final fairness hearing at 1:00 p.m., on May 14, 2018, the
Claims Administrator must send by first-class mail the Notice of Proposed Settlement (including the
Claim Form) to all Class members. Class members may lodge objections or submit claims as set
forth in the Notice of Proposed Settlement, including the Claim Form, which were jointly proposed
by the parties and filed with the Court.
The Notice of Proposed Settlement included with the Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval
is adequate and is hereby approved.
A final fairness hearing will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., on May 14, 2018, at the United States
District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, 615 South Main St., Room 312, Jonesboro,
The parties must file motion papers for final approval of all terms of the settlement
agreement no later than fourteen (14) days before the final fairness hearing.
This action is stayed pending a ruling on the settlement at the final fairness hearing.
The lawyers for the parties are jointly authorized to use all reasonable procedures in
connection with approval and administration of the settlement that are not materially inconsistent
with this Order or the settlement agreement.
DATED: January 19, 2018
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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