“On Friday, May 23, 2014, Lowe’s Home Centers agreed to settle a class action brought by its home improvement contractors who allege that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. The maximum settlement amount, depending on the number of contractors who file claims, is $6,500,000, plus an additional 25% payment for plaintiffs’ attorneys. A hearing is scheduled for June 27, 2014, where a federal district court judge in California, Judge Jeffrey S. White, will approve the proposed settlement if he finds it meets applicable standards of “fairness.” Shepard v. Lowe’s HIW, Inc., No. 12-CV-03893-JSW N.D. Cal. May 23, 2014”.