Rodriguez et al v. Sahara Beach Club Motel Condominium Association, Inc. et al

Filing 24

ORDER approving settlement and DISMISSING CASE. The Court retains jurisdiction until 2/24/2017 to enforce the terms of the settlement. Closed Case. Signed by Magistrate Judge John J. O'Sullivan on 1/11/2017. (mkr) NOTICE: If there are sealed documents in this case, they may be unsealed after 1 year or as directed by Court Order, unless they have been designated to be permanently sealed. See Local Rule 5.4 and Administrative Order 2014-69.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA Case No. 16-CV-23848-CIV-O’SULLIVAN [CONSENT] WILBER PEREZ, Plaintiff, v. SAHARA BEACH CLUB MOTEL CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., and DEZER GIL, Defendants. ________________________________/ ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE THIS MATTER came before the Court following notice from the parties that the case has settled and the Court having conducted a hearing concerning the settlement. THE COURT has heard from counsel and considered the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the pertinent portions of the record, and is otherwise fully advised in the premises. This case involves a claim for unpaid overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §201, et seq (“FLSA”). In reviewing a settlement of an FLSA private claim, a court must "scrutiniz[e] the settlement for fairness," and determine that the settlement is a "fair and reasonable resolution of a bona fide dispute over FLSA provisions." Lynn Food Stores v. United States, 679 F.2d 1350, 1352-53 (11th Cir. 1982). A settlement entered into in an adversarial context where both sides are represented by counsel throughout litigation "is more likely to reflect a reasonable compromise of disputed issues." Id. The district court may approve the settlement in order to promote the policy of encouraging settlement of litigation. Id. at 1354. In this case, there is a bona fide factual dispute over the length of time the defendants were in actual control of the plaintiff’s employment. The Court has reviewed the terms of the Settlement Agreement including the amount to be received by the plaintiff and the attorney’s fees and costs to be received by counsel and finds that the compromise reached by the parties is a fair and reasonable resolution of the parties' bona fide disputes. Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the parties' Settlement Agreement (including attorney’s fees and costs) is hereby APPROVED. It is further ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that this case is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. The Court retains jurisdiction until February 24, 2017 to enforce the terms of the settlement. The Clerk of Court is directed to mark this case as CLOSED. DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida this 11th day of January, 2017. JOHN J. O’SULLIVAN UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Copies to: All counsel of record

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