Cline v. Burns et al
ORDER approving settlement, DISMISSING CASE and retaining jurisdiction until July 26, 2017 to enforce the settlement terms. Closing Case. Signed by Magistrate Judge John J. O'Sullivan on 6/15/2017. (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.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO. 17-20674-CIV-O’SULLIVAN
ARNON MEYER CLINE,
TORAH AND THE TWELVE STEPS,
INC., ERIC BURNS a/k/a/
ISRAEL BURNS and RUTH BURNS,
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 total number of
uncompensated hours worked by the plaintiff and a legal dispute over the applicability
of FLSA exemptions. 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 July 26, 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 15th day of June,
JOHN J. O’SULLIVAN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Copies provided to:
All counsel of record
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