A federal district court in New York has granted preliminary approval to a $99 million proposed settlement of a nationwide wage and hour class action against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. potentially benefiting more than 7,000 current and former sales employees, representatives for both sides announced Jan. 25 (In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litig., S.D.N.Y., No. 06-MD-1794, preliminary approval of settlement 1/25/12).
The proposed settlement, which stems from a pair of 2006 lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act and California and New York laws, is pending before Judge Paul A. Crotty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Crotty granted preliminary approval Jan. 25 and has scheduled a May 31 fairness hearing.
The proposed agreement covers five subclasses of Novartis sales representatives who allege they were denied overtime pay in violation of the FLSA and state laws. 01.29.2012