Second Phebus joins plaintiff's team in Kraft class action

Amelia Flood Jun. 7, 2011, 12:00pm

Douglas Phebus

A second attorney named Phebus has joined the plaintiff's table in a proposed class action brought against Kraft Foods Global, Inc.

Wisconsin attorney Douglas Phebus was granted pro hac vice status in the 2011 case brought by lead plaintiff Joan Jones June 3 in an order signed by Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.

Douglas Phebus joins Joseph Phebus of Urbana for the plaintiff.

It is unclear from the case's record what familial relationship, if any, exists between the pair.

It is the third case involving Kraft that Douglas Phebus has appeared pro hac vice in since February 2010.

Pro hac vice standing is granted to an attorney on a case by case basis when that attorney is not licensed to practice law in a particular state or area.

The attorneys represent Jones who proposes to lead a class of up to 500 workers at Kraft's Granite City plant over allegedly unpaid wages and violations of the Illinois Minimum Wage Act.

Kraft denies the plaintiff's claims and has asked that the case be dismissed.

The class has not been certified to date.

Douglas Phebus also appeared pro hac vice in a case against Kraft filed in Champaign County. That case, Porter vs. Kraft Foods Global, Inc., was filed in 2010.

He also appeared in a Cook County chancery case involving Kraft the same year.

Jones recently won a motion to strike seven of Kraft's affirmative defenses from Callis.

Douglas Phebus is with Arellano & Phebus S.C. of Middleton, Wisc.

Joseph Phebus is with Phebus & Koester LLP of Urbana.

Jonathan Garlough represents Kraft.

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

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