Class action against Kraft over wages dismissed without prejudice

Ann Knef Aug. 24, 2011, 9:00am




A proposed class action against Kraft Foods Global brought by workers claiming unpaid wages has been dismissed without prejudice by Madison County Circuit Judge Ann Callis.

Callis signed an order Aug. 16, a day after attorneys for lead plaintiff Joan Jones and the defendant stipulated to the dismissal.

"In that this matter has not been certified as a class action, the parties stipulate that there is good cause for excusing notice of the dismissal," states the stipulation to dismiss.

Jones is represented by Joseph W. Phebus of Phebus & Koester of Urbana.

Kraft is represented by Jonathan Garlough and Daniel Kaplan of Foley & Lardner.

The suit alleged Kraft violated the Illinois Minimum Wage Act and other wage laws by failing to compensate the estimated 500 potential class members for all of the hours they worked.

The class would have included all hourly employees at the Granite City plant who were not paid for all the hours they worked, according to the class certification motion.

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

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