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$1 Million Settlement Approved in ABRA Case

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota approved a motion for final approval of the $1 million settlement proposed by plaintiffs in a class-action suit against ABRA Auto Body and Glass this week. The suit, filed last summer by two former ABRA employees, alleged that the company required customer service managers (CSMs) and customer service representatives (CSRs) to work overtime without pay and that it did so by misclassifying them as "managerial," which exempted them from overtime pay. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

"Final approval is appropriate when there is a finding that the settlement is fair, adequate and reasonable," writes counsel for the plaintiffs, Charles V. Firth and Clayton D. Halunen of Halunen & Associates in the memorandum in support of the motion for approval. "In its order granting preliminary approval, this Court found that the proposed settlement was fair, adequate and reasonable and that it was not the product of collusion between the parties."

The settlement totals $1 million, with the following breakdown, according to court documents:

  • $623,166.67, plus interest, to be paid to class members;
  • $333,333.33 for plaintiffs' counsel's attorney's fees;
  • $7,500 for plaintiffs' costs and expenses;
  • $21,000 for the costs of the settlement administrator; and
  • $7,500 service payments to each of the new names plaintiffs, Thomas Hale and Justin Schreckenstein, "to compensate them for the time and effort they expended in ably assisting plaintiffs' counsel in the preparation, litigation and settlement of this action."

CLICK HERE for full text of the plaintiffs' memorandum in support of this motion.

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