Hoxha et al v. Zero Otto Nove Inc. et al
ORDER, Accordingly, This action shall not be dismissed with prejudice unless the settlement agreement has been approved by the Court or the Department of Labor ("DOL"). See Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc., 796 F.3d 199, 206 (2d Ci r. 2015). Accordingly, to the extent the parties seek dismissal with prejudice, they must either file a joint letter motion requesting that the Court approve the settlement agreement or, alternatively, provide documentation of the approval by DOL. An y letter motion, along with the settlement agreement, must be filed on the public docket by March 15, 2021. The letter motion must explain why the proposed settlement is fair and reasonable and should discuss, at a minimum, the following factors: (1) the plaintiff's range of possible recove1y; (2) the extent to which "the settlement will enable the parties to avoid anticipated burdens and expenses in establishing their respective claims and defenses"; (3) the seriousness of the li tigation risks faced by the paiiies; (4) whether "the settlement agreement is the product of rum's-length bargaining between experienced counsel"; and (5) the possibility of fraud or collusion. Wolinsky v. Scholastic Inc., 900 F. Supp. 2d 332, 335 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (quoting Medley v. Am. Cancer Soc'y, No. 10 Civ. 3214, 2010 WL 3000028, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. July 23, 2010)). The letter must also address whether there is a bona fide dispute as to the number of hours worked or the amoun t of compensation due and how much of the proposed settlement plaintiff's attorney shall be seeking as fees. See Cheeks, 796 F.3d at 202, 207. Any request for attorneys' fees must be accompanied by supporting documentation. "In this ci rcuit, a proper fee request 'entails submitting contemporaneous billing records documenting, for each attorney, the date, the hours expended, and the nature of the work done."' Lopez v. Nights of Cabiria, LLC, 96 F. Supp. 3d 170, 181 ( S.D.N.Y. 2015) (quoting Wolinsky, 900 F. Supp. 2d at 336). Absent special circumstances, the Court will not approve any settlement agreement that is filed under seal or in redacted fo1m. See id. at 177 n. 44. In addition, absent compelling circumsta nces, the Court will not approve settlement agreements containing sweeping non-disclosure provisions, see id. at 17980; Flood v. Carlson Rests. Inc., No. 14 Civ. 2740, 2015 WL 4111668, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. July 6, 2015), or broad releases waiving claims having no relation to FLSA issues, see Flood, 2015 WL 4111668, at *2. Any pending motions are moot. All conferences are vacated. SO ORDERED. (Motions due by 3/15/2021.) (Signed by Judge Analisa Torres on 2/16/2021) (kv)
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circumstances, the Court will not approve settlement agreements containing sweeping non-disclosure
provisions, see id. at 179–80; Flood v. Carlson Rests. Inc., No. 14 Civ. 2740, 2015 WL 4111668, at
*2 (S.D.N.Y. July 6, 2015), or broad releases waiving claims having no relation to FLSA issues, see
Flood, 2015 WL 4111668, at *2.
Any pending motions are moot. All conferences are vacated.
Dated: February 16, 2021
New York, New York
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