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15-016 - WEIL et al v. METAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.


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15-016 - WEIL et al v. METAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
October 6, 2015
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ORDER - Presently pending before the Court in this action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the Indiana Wage Payment Statute, and the Indiana Wage Claims Statute is Plaintiffs Brian A. Weil's and Melissa D. Fulk's (collectively the "Plaintiffs") Motion to Equitably Toll the Statute of Limitations for Putative Collective Action Members (the "Motion"). [Filing No. 41.] For the following reasons, the Court denies Plaintiffs' Motion without prejudice. (See Order.) Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 10/6/2015. (RSF)
January 25, 2016
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ORDER - The Court GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART Plaintiffs' 53 Motion to Certify a Combined Class Action and DENIES Metal Technologies' 75 Motion to Leave to File Surreply. Moreover, the Court DESIGNATES Brian A. Weil and Melissa D. Fulk as representatives for the FLSA collective action, and DESIGNATES Melissa D. Fulk as representative for the class action pursuant to Rule 23. The Court further DESIGNATES Robert P. Kondras, Jr. of Hunt, Hassler & Lorenz LLP as lead class counsel pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 (g). The Court DENIES AS MOOT Plaintiffs' 55 Motion for Approval of Proposed Notice of Class Action and FLSA Collective Action. The Court further GRANTS Plaintiffs 78 Motion for Pre-trial Conference, and asks the magistrate judge to conduct such conference to work with the parties to develop both a further scheduling order and the form of appropriate notice to the classes in light of the foregoing ruling. (See Order.) Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 1/25/2016. (GSO)
May 26, 2017
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ORDER - For the foregoing reasons, the Court GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 321 : The Court GRANTS Plaintiffs' Motion as to liability on Plaintiffs' wage deduction claim under the IWPA, but only as to the period from January 20, 2013 through April 10, 2016.The Court DENIES Plaintiffs' Motion as to liability for the remainder of the claim period.The Court DENIES Plaintiffs' Motion as to liability on Plaintiffs' time-rounding claims under the FLSA and IWPA.The Court GRANTS Metal Technologies' Motion to Decertify 332, and DENIES AS MOOT Metal Technologies' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 330 (SEE ORDER FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION). Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 5/26/2017. (DW)
March 30, 2018
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FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW - The Court conducted a bench trial in this action on January 30, 2018. Plaintiffs Brian Weil and Melissa Fulk (collectively "Plaintiffs") were present in person and by counsel Robert Kondras. Defendant Metal Technologies, Inc. ("Metal Technologies") was present by counsel Michael Padgett and Melissa Taft. For the reasons detailed above, the Court concludes that Metal Technologies is liable to the Plaintiff class, Ms. Fulk, and Mr. Weil to the extent indicated by the Court's order. The amount of Metal Technologies' liability to the class and the plaintiffs is as follows: The Court awards the Plaintiff class $93,152.58 in damages arising from the improper deduction of wages for clothing rental taken between January 20, 2013 and April 10, 2016. The Court awards the Plaintiff class $8,102.04 in damages arising from the improper deduction of wages for clothing rental taken from April 11, 2016 forward. The Court awards Mr. Weil $129.30 in damages arising from the improper deduction of wages for clothing rental. The Court awards Mr. Weil $63.00 in damages arising from the improper "OF" deduction. The Court awards Ms. Fulk $128.97 in damages resulting from Metal Technologies' failure to pay wages earned, in violation of the FLSA and IWPS. The Court awards Mr. Weil $2.31 in damages resulting from Metal Technologies' failure to pay wages earned, in violation of the IWCA. Plaintiffs' counsel is ORDERED to file with the Court his petition for attorney's fees and a bill of costs, as well as any request for an incentive award, within fourteen (14) days of the issuance of this order. Final judgment shall issue after the fees and costs are resolved. (SEE ORDER). Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 3/30/2018.(APD)