The purpose of this website is to provide a summary of the information contained in the Notice for Sony Pictures Television Inc.; Woodridge Productions, Inc.; and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. Parking Production Assistant Class Action Settlement ("Class Notice"). For more detailed information, you may download the Class Notice and other documents regarding the proposed settlement ("Settlement") from the Case Documents section.
Several lawsuits were filed by current and former Parking Production Assistants (“PPAs”) asserting that PPAs are owed compensation for hours worked for which they were not paid. Specifically, the PPAs allege, among other things, that Sony Pictures Television Inc.; Woodridge Productions, Inc.; and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (“Defendants”) violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and New York Labor Law by not paying the PPAs correctly for all of the hours, including overtime hours, that they worked. Plaintiffs sought to bring their claims as a class and/or collective action (essentially, on behalf of all PPAs that they contend were subjected to the practices they challenge.)
Defendants deny that they violated the law and maintain that they have consistently acted in accordance with all governing laws at all times, including by paying PPAs correctly. However, to avoid the burden, expense, and inconvenience of continued litigation, Defendants have agreed to settle the lawsuits on a class and collective basis, without admitting any wrongdoing or liability.
The Court will hold a Fairness Hearing on September 19, 2017 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, at 10:00 a.m. in Courtroom 18D.
At this hearing, the Court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate and whether it should be finally approved, and, if so, what amount of attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses, and service payments, should be awarded. The Court will consider any written objections that were submitted as part of this process, as well as any oral comments that are permitted to be presented at the hearing itself.
At or after the Fairness Hearing, the Court will decide whether to grant the Settlement final approval. The Parties do not know how long it will take for the Court to issue its decision. The time and date of the hearing may be changed without further notice.
If the Court does not approve the proposed Settlement, the case will proceed as if no settlement was attempted. In that case, there can be no assurance that the class will recover more than is provided for in this Settlement, or indeed anything.
CLASS MEMBER OPTIONS
To Submit a Claim Form:
The only way to get a payment. To receive a settlement payment, you must timely submit a: (1) fully complete and signed Claim Form and (2) Identification Document, such as a passport or driver’s license, to the Claims Administrator. These documents must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed (and the ID may also be texted) to the Claims Administrator on or before June 20, 2017. If electronically transmitted, the documents must also be received by that date. If you properly and timely submit these documents, and the Court approves the Settlement, you will be mailed a settlement check. The minimum settlement payment will be $50, and the average settlement payment is expected to be $1,446.07, before tax withholding, although some will receive less or more than the average, based on a number of factors described further in the Class Notice.
To Exclude Yourself From the Settlement (Opt-Out):
If you don’t want benefits from this Settlement, and want to keep the rights that are being released, then you must take steps to exclude yourself – which is sometimes referred to as “opting-out” of the Settlement Class. To do so, you must mail a written, signed statement to the Claims Administrator postmarked on or before June 20, 2017. See Question No. 14 in the Class Notice for more details.
To Object to or Comment on the Settlement:
If you do not opt-out of the Settlement, you can object to the Settlement if you don't like any part of it.
To object or otherwise comment, you must send a letter to the Claims Administrator saying that you object to or otherwise commenting on the Settlement. The Claims Administrator will share your objection/communication with Class Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel and it will be filed with the Court. Your objection/comment must be postmarked no later than May 22, 2017. Untimely objections/comments may not be considered by the Court.
If you do nothing, you will not receive any money from the Settlement, but you will still release the claims covered by the releases set forth in the Settlement to the maximum extent permitted by law. When a claim is released, you are not permitted to sue the released party as to that claim.
|Case Relevant Event||Date|
|Claim Form and Identification Document Submission Deadline||June 20, 2017|
|Opt-Out Statment Submission Deadline||June 20, 2017|
|Objection/Comment Submission Deadline||May 22, 2017|
|Fairness Hearing||September 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.|