Williams et al v. WCW LLC et al
ORDER granting 27 joint motion for order approving settlement and entry of final judgment dismissing lawsuit. The Court dismisses with prejudice this matter. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 01/18/2017. (rhm)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ERIC WILLIAMS, MATT WILLIAMS
LARRY BEAVER, JOSHUA MELANCON,
RONALD LINGO, and
Case No. 4:16-cv-00134-KGB
WCW, LLC f/k/a WILDCAT WIRELINE,
KLX ENERGY SERVICES, LLC
Plaintiffs Eric Williams, Matt Williams, Larry Beaver, Joshua Melancon, Ronald Lingo,
and Stanley Wells filed this matter asserting claims under 29 U.S.C. § 216 of the Fair Labor
Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Arkansas Minimum Wage Act (“AMWA”), Ark. Code Ann. §
11-4-201, et seq. Plaintiffs have not pled this case as a collective action; plaintiffs have only
asserted individual claims under the FLSA and the AMWA. Currently before the Court is the
joint motion for order approving settlement and entry of final judgment dismissing lawsuit (Dkt.
The parties indicate that they reached a Settlement Agreement and Release in this case
that will bind only the six plaintiffs in this matter. That Settlement Agreement and Release was
entered into confidentially and has been filed under seal (Dkt. No. 30). The parties now request
that the Court approve the Settlement Agreement and Release and dismiss this action with
Settlement agreements resolving FLSA claims typically are subject to court approval.
See Dillworth v. Case Farms Processing, Inc., No. 5:08-cv-1694, 2010 WL 776933, at *2 (N.D.
Ohio Mar. 8, 2010) (citing 19 U.S.C. § 216(b)). Before approving a settlement, a court ensures
that the parties are not negotiating around the FLSA’s requirements and that the settlement
represents a fair and reasonable resolution of a bona fide dispute. See id. at *5; Int’l Union,
United Auto., Aerospace, & Agric. Implement Workers of Am. v. Gen. Motors Corp., 497 F.3d
615, 631 (6th Cir. 2007). The Eighth Circuit has not directly addressed the factors to be
considered in deciding motions for approval of FLSA settlements. Other district courts have
scrutinized such settlements for fairness in two steps.
First, the court should consider whether the compromise is fair and reasonable to
the employee (factors ‘internal’ to the compromise). If the compromise is
reasonable to the employee, the court should inquire whether the compromise
otherwise impermissibly frustrates implementation of the FLSA (factors
‘external’ to the compromise). The court should approve the compromise only if
the compromise is reasonable to the employee and furthers implementation of the
FLSA in the workplace.
Dees v. Hydradry, Inc., 706 F. Supp. 2d 1227, 1241 (M.D. Fla. 2010).
Based upon the Court’s review of information in the pleadings filed and language in the
Settlement Agreement and Release filed under seal, the Court determines that plaintiffs’
recovery is reasonable and furthers the implementation of the FLSA in the workplace. The Court
approves the Settlement Agreement and Release in full of all claims.
The Court therefore grants the joint motion for order approving settlement and entry of
final judgment dismissing lawsuit (Dkt. No. 27). The Court dismisses with prejudice this matter.
So ordered this the 18th day of January, 2017.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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