Perez v. Garcia et al
ORDER granting 20 joint motion for voluntary dismissal; dismissing Mr. Perez's claims against Mr. Vasquez without prejudice; and dismissing his claims against Mr. Garcia with prejudice. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 12/01/2016. (rhm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JORGE PEREZ, individually and
on behalf of all others similarly situated
Case No. 4:16-cv-00081 KGB
JESUS GARCIA, et al.
Before the Court is a joint motion for voluntary dismissal (Dkt. No. 20). Plaintiff Jorge
Perez brought this action on behalf of himself and others similarly situated against defendants
Jesus Garcia, Reynaldo Vasquez, and William Throckmorton pursuant to the Fair Labor
Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S.C §§ 201, et seq. (Dkt. No. 1).
By previous Order, the Court granted a joint motion to dismiss Mr. Throckmorton (Dkt.
No. 13). The parties now request that the Court dismiss without prejudice Mr. Perez’s claims
against Mr. Vasquez, as Mr. Vasquez was never served, and request that the Court dismiss with
prejudice his claims against Mr. Garcia, as Mr. Perez and Mr. Garcia have reached a settlement
resolving all of Mr. Perez’s claims in this action. While this action was filed as a proposed
FLSA collective action, the parties inform the Court that their settlement agreement does not
purport to resolve any claims on behalf of any class (Dkt. No. 20, ¶ 5).
The parties’ joint motion for voluntary dismissal is granted (Dkt. No. 20). Mr. Perez’s
claims against Mr. Vasquez are dismissed without prejudice. His claims against Mr. Garcia are
dismissed with prejudice. Court review of the parties’ settlement agreement is unnecessary, as
all agree that the parties’ agreement is not binding on any potential class members, Mr. Perez
was represented by counsel throughout the course of this action, and all parties have represented
to the Court that they desire to keep their settlement agreement confidential and would prefer
that the Court not conduct a reasonableness review. See Schneider v. Habitat for Humanity
International, Inc., No. 5:14-cv-5230, slip. op. at 5 (W.D. Ark. Feb. 5, 2015); see also Martin v.
Spring Break '83 Prods., L.L.C., 688 F.3d 247, 256 (5th Cir. 2012) (finding that a reasonableness
review or public filing of an FLSA settlement is not necessary in all cases).
So ordered this the 1st day of December, 2016.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Court Judge
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