From Top Class Actions, Kim Gale reports on a proposed settlement by of claims that workers were misclassified by Pepperidge Farm, Inc. as independent contractors. The proposed settlement would be for $22.5 million. Kim writes:
If the proposed settlement is approved, the motion divides it up as follows:
- Approximately $12.52 million will be awarded to California’s subclass, which means class members will each receive approximately $6,000 for each year they were a Pepperidge Farm distributor between Aug. 7, 2010 and the date of the settlement’s preliminary approval.
- About $6 million will be awarded to the Massachusetts subclass. The motion says each eligible class member will receive approximately $4,000 for every year they were a Pepperidge Farm distributor between Oct. 2, 2010 and the present.
- About $4 million will be awarded to the Illinois subclass, whose members will receive about $1,300 for each year they were a Pepperidge Farm distributor between Feb. 12, 2006 and Feb. 11, 2013; they also will receive about $3,900 for each year they were a distributor between Feb. 12, 2013 and the present.