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Supervisor overtime - $6,950,000 class/collective action settlement
C. Andrew Head was Lead Counsel for the employees in the class action and collective action lawsuit captioned Amador v. Brightview Landscapes, LLC f/k/a The Brickman Group, Ltd., LLC, No. 3:13-cv-02529 (M.D. Pa.), filed on behalf of all Supervisors (Landscaping Supervisors, Work Order Supervisors, Crew Supervisors, Irrigation Supervisors, etc.) employed by The Brickman Group (acquired by Brightview Landscapes) who were paid a salary but only half-time overtime according to a "fluctuating work week" method of compensation that plaintiffs contend violated the applicable overtime laws. On October 2, 2017, U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion entered an Order granting final approval of the maximum $6,950,000 class and collective action settlement, which provided that Brickman Group (now Brightview) will pay the total claimed amount $4.77 million (including $1.51 million in attorney's fees) to the 839 individuals participating in the settlement. The Order called the settlement “an excellent result,” and recognized C. Andrew Head and his co-counsel as “highly skilled in FLSA collective and hybrid actions as seen by their dealings with the court and the results achieved in both negotiating and handling the settlement to date,” finding “the class is represented by counsel who have experience and success with collective and hybrid FLSA/Rule 23 class action litigation” To view the Settlement Administrator's website for this settlement, click HERE. In approving the settlement, the Court noted the excellent work by plaintiffs' lead counsel: "The court is confident that these attorneys are highly skilled in FLSA collective and hybrid actions as seen by their dealings with the court and the results achieved in both negotiating and handling the settlement to date." The Court also noted that lead counsel achieved excellent results: "[T]he court views this to be an excellent settlement and would not hesitate to approve a [lodestar] multiplier above 1.3." To review press coverage of this settlement, click HERE or HERE.