February 3, 2017 – Yesterday, the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court decision approving settlement terms and attorney’s fees in a class action lawsuit filed by former members Life Time Fitness, Inc. against the company. This decision is welcomed news for the nearly 580,000 putative class members who will now be able to proceed toward final resolution of the lawsuit.
Coyle v. Holsum Bakery, Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. et al. is a collective action and putative class action lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of individuals who operate(d) as fresh bakery product distributors for defendants Flowers Foods, Inc. and Holsum Bakery, Inc. who work for Holsum in Arizona. Defendants employ “distributors” in 31 states throughout the southern and eastern United States to deliver bakery and snack food to their customers, which include grocery stores, mass retailers, and fast food chains.
Distributors of bakery products for Flowers Foods, Inc., and its local Arizona subsidiary, Holsum Bakery Inc., scored an important victory this week when an Arizona federal court granted conditional class certification to Arizona distributors who claim the company wrongly classified them as independent contractors and denied them the benefits and privileges of employees. The lawsuit is one of over 15 related cases across the country against Flowers Foods and is the latest in a string of victories for distributors.
Rehberg et al. v. Flowers Foods, Inc. et al. is a class action and collective action lawsuit brought on behalf of a class of individuals who operate as fresh bakery product distributors for Defendants Flowers Foods, Inc. and Flowers Baking Co. of Jamestown, LLC who work for Flowers’ Jamestown bakery. Defendants employ “distributors” in 31 states throughout the southern and eastern United States to deliver bakery and snack food to their customers, which include grocery stores, mass retailers, and fast food chains. Distributors also stock products on store shelves and assemble promotional displays designed and provided by Flowers. This Flowers class action lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial beginning October 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently released new proposed regulations designed to provide consumers more protection against abusive debt collection practices. The proposed rules, which would apply to third-party debt collectors and debt-buyers only, seek to prevent debt collectors from pushing consumers to pay debts they do not owe, as well as require collectors to inform borrowers of their rights and limit the number of calls to consumers each week.
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