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Case Name BELUE v. WAYNE FARMS, LLC EE-MS-0060
Docket / Court 2:07-cv-1004 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
This case was transferred from the Northern District of Alabama and is a later development of the case EE-AL-0119.

On October 18, 2006, several then and former employees of the defendant's Albertville, Alabama facility filed a lawsuit against the company under the Fair Labor Standards ... read more >
This case was transferred from the Northern District of Alabama and is a later development of the case EE-AL-0119.

On October 18, 2006, several then and former employees of the defendant's Albertville, Alabama facility filed a lawsuit against the company under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Middle Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, brought this class action seeking damages and injunctive relief, claiming that the defendant Wayne Farms violated the FLSA. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim the company failed to account for all compensable time of its employees, including time spent clearing security and time walking to and from security to donning and doffing areas.

On June 7, 2007, the District Court (Judge R. David Proctor) ordered the case stayed because the court had received Defendant's Notice of Motion to Transfer and Consolidate for Pretrial Proceedings to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

On November 5, 2007, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered that the case be transferred to the Southern District of Mississippi.

On October 9, 2008, the defendant filed a motion for partial summary judgment, which was granted on December 17, 2008, holding that seven plaintiffs' claims were time-barred.

On October 15, 2008, the defendant filed a motion for partial summary judgment, which was granted on December 17, 2008, on the ground that two plaintiffs failed to list the FLSA claim as an asset in their bankruptcy petitions and thus were estopped from asserting the claim.

On November 17, 2008, the defendant filed a motion for partial summary judgment, which was granted on December 18, 2008, on the ground that one plaintiff never worked more than 40 hours in any contestable work week and thus, did not have an FLSA overtime claim.

On November 24, 2008, the defendant filed a motion for partial summary judgment, which was granted on December 19, 2008, on the ground that 3 plaintiffs worked only as Quality Assurance employees and had been paid already for all the activities cited in the Complaint.

On April 9, 2009, the parties reached a settlement. On August 17, 2009, the District Court (Judge Keith Starrett) granted preliminary approval to the terms of the settlement agreement, which provided that defendant pay $1,375,000 (which included attorneys' fees).

On March 31, 2010, the District Court (Judge Starrett) issued the Judgment of Dismissal. However, on June 10, 2010, the Court reopened the case for the limited purpose of filing the distribution plan.

Kunyi Zhang - 08/24/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Causes of Action Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219
Defendant(s) Wayne Farms LLC
Plaintiff Description The plaintiffs were then and former employees of the defendant's Albertville facility.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-AL-0119 : Belue v. Wayne Farms, LLC (N.D. Ala.)
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:07-cv-1004 (S.D. Miss.) 03/31/2010
EE-MS-0060-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:07-md-1872 (S.D. Miss.) 06/11/2010
EE-MS-0060-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/18/2006
EE-MS-0060-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 02/15/2007
EE-MS-0060-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Transfer Order 11/20/2007 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (TIME BAR) 10/09/2008
EE-MS-0060-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
BRIEF SUPPORTING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (TIME BAR) 10/09/2008
EE-MS-0060-0018.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (BANKRUPTCY) 10/15/2008
EE-MS-0060-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
BRIEF SUPPORTING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (BANKRUPTCY) 10/15/2008
EE-MS-0060-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (SHORT WEEKS) 11/17/2008
EE-MS-0060-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
BRIEF SUPPORTING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (SHORT WEEKS) 11/17/2008
EE-MS-0060-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (QA) 11/24/2008
EE-MS-0060-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
BRIEF SUPPORTING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (QA) 11/24/2008
EE-MS-0060-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER 12/17/2008 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER 12/17/2008 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
PARTIAL DISMISSAL ORDER 12/18/2008 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER 12/19/2008 (2008 WL 5484119) (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
AGREED DISMISSAL ORDER 01/14/2009
EE-MS-0060-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
AGREED DISMISSAL ORDER 01/28/2009
EE-MS-0060-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Preliminary Approval to Terms of Settlement 08/17/2009 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0020.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Approving Attorneys Fees) 12/23/2009 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0019.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
JUDGMENT OF DISMISSAL 03/31/2010 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order to Reopen 06/10/2010 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0021.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Heyburn, John Gilpin II (W.D. Ky.)
EE-MS-0060-0003
Parker, Michael T. (S.D. Miss.) [Magistrate]
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Starrett, Keith (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0060-0010 | EE-MS-0060-0011 | EE-MS-0060-0012 | EE-MS-0060-0013 | EE-MS-0060-0014 | EE-MS-0060-0015 | EE-MS-0060-0016 | EE-MS-0060-0019 | EE-MS-0060-0020 | EE-MS-0060-0021 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Camp, Robert J. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-0002 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Celler, Richard B. (Florida)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Cherry, Samuel A. Jr. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-0001 | EE-MS-0060-0002 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Hommel, William S. (Texas)
EE-MS-0060-0015 | EE-MS-0060-0016 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Hunter, Seth M. (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Lane, Joseph D. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-0001 | EE-MS-0060-9000
Miles, W. Daniel III (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Nomberg, Bernard D. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-0002 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Salim, Robert L. (Louisiana)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Shaul, Roman A. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Swanner, Lance H. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-0001 | EE-MS-0060-0002 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Archer, Thomas Joshua (Georgia)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Crutcher, R. Pepper Jr. (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0060-0004 | EE-MS-0060-0005 | EE-MS-0060-0006 | EE-MS-0060-0007 | EE-MS-0060-0008 | EE-MS-0060-0009 | EE-MS-0060-0015 | EE-MS-0060-0016 | EE-MS-0060-0017 | EE-MS-0060-0018 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Latino, Anne Harlan (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0060-0004 | EE-MS-0060-0005 | EE-MS-0060-0006 | EE-MS-0060-0007 | EE-MS-0060-0008 | EE-MS-0060-0009 | EE-MS-0060-0017 | EE-MS-0060-0018 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Madden, Wendy A. (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Sharp, Lisa Johnson (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Turner, E. Russell (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0060-0005 | EE-MS-0060-0007 | EE-MS-0060-0018 | EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Walker, Jordan Dorman (Alabama)
EE-MS-0060-9000 | EE-MS-0060-9001
Other Lawyers Bowers, Michael J. (Georgia)
EE-MS-0060-9001
Clause, Sandy E. (Louisiana)
EE-MS-0060-9001
Espy, Mike (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0060-9001
McNatt, Hugh Brown (Georgia)
EE-MS-0060-9001
Singleton, Ann Harlan (Louisiana)
EE-MS-0060-9001
Stephens, Deirdre Maria (Georgia)
EE-MS-0060-9001
Tallman, Tisha Rae (Georgia)
EE-MS-0060-9001

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