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Meat Plant Workers Seek OK On Latest $4M Wage-Fix Deal


June 20, 2024

Red meat processing plant workers have sought preliminary approval for their latest settlement over wage-fixing claims, a $4 million deal that adds American Foods Group LLC to the list of companies to cut deals that also includes JBS, Tyson, Perdue, Seaboard, Triumph and consulting firm Webber Meng Sahl & Co.

Under the deal first teased in late May, the class of workers said in a motion filed Monday that American Foods has also agreed “to significant non-monetary cooperation terms” providing data, documents, witnesses and more as the workers continue to pursue claims against defendants like Smithfield Foods Inc., Nebraska Beef Ltd. and Indiana Packers Corp.

The workers called the proposed deal “fair, reasonable [and] adequate,” arguing it meets all the hallmarks required for approval, including adequate representation by attorneys from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC and Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC.

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The proposed class is represented by Shana E. Scarlett, Rio S. Pierce, Abby R. Wolf, Steve W. Berman, Elaine T. Byszewski and Abigail D. Pershing of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, George F. Farah, Rebecca P. Chang, Nicholas J. Jackson, Martha E. Guarnieri, Simon Wiener and William H. Anderson of Handley Farah & Anderson PLLC, Brent W. Johnson, Benjamin D. Brown, Robert A. Braun, Alison S. Deich, Zachary R. Glubiak, Zachary I. Krowitz and Nina Jaffe-Geffner of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Brian D. Clark, Stephen J. Teti, Arielle S. Wagner and Eura Chang of Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP, and Candice J. Enders and Julia R. McGrath of Berger Montague.

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