Hearing in Kraft workers' class action moved

Amelia Flood May 2, 2011, 9:21am


A hearing in a proposed class action brought against Kraft Foods Global by workers at its Granite City plant has been continued.

The parties agreed to move the hearing after informing Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis April 26, according to the case's docket sheet.

Callis had been set to hear motions in the suit April 27.

The hearing will now be held May 13 at 9 a.m.

Lead plaintiff Joan Jones proposes to lead a class of her fellow workers at the plant against Kraft for its alleged failure to pay wages the class members were entitled to.

The class would consist of between 400 to 500 members.

The suit seeks damages in the amount of the unpaid wages and other relief.

Earlier in April, Jones filed a motion seeking to strike Kraft's affirmative defenses.

Jones called Kraft's defenses, which include arguments that the class action is barred by the statute of limitations and other grounds, "a back door attempt at a motion to dismiss."

Kraft denies the existence of any class and that the alleged members were entitled to wages they claim weren't paid.

Joseph Phebus represents Jones and the potential class.

Jonathan Garlough represents Kraft.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-082.

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