Velasquez v. Orchidman Landscape Artisans, Corp.
ORDER approving settlement and REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 1 Complaint filed by Helmuth Velasquez Recommending that case be dismissed with prejudice.( Objections to R&R due by 2/3/2017). Signed by Magistrate Judge John J. O'Sullivan on 1/20/2017. (tro)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 16-24929-CIV-ALTONAGA/O’SULLIVAN
ORCHIDMAN LANDSCAPE ARTISANS, CORP.,
ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND
RECOMMENDING THAT THE CASE BE DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE
THIS MATTER came before the Court following a settlement conference before
the undersigned 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
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 number of hours, if any,
for which the plaintiff was not properly compensated and a factual and legal dispute
over whether the plaintiff was an exempt employee. 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
RECOMMENDED that this case be dismissed with prejudice and that the Court
retain jurisdiction until June 20, 2017 to enforce the terms of the settlement.1
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida this 20th day of January,
JOHN J. O’SULLIVAN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Copies provided to:
United States District Judge Altonaga
All counsel of record
The parties have consented to magistrate jurisdiction for any future
proceedings in this matter.
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