Barajas v. Marlu Restaurant Group Settlement

Welcome to the Barajas v. Marlu Restaurant Group Settlement Website

UPDATE: Final Approval of the Settlement was granted.  Checks will be issued to all eligible class members on August 4, 2017.

THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT HAS PRELIMINARILY APPROVED A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT THAT MAY AFFECT YOU.

If you were employed by Marlu Restaurant Group, Inc., Marlu Stockton LLC, Prestige Management LLC, Smart Management & Co., LLC, Marlu LC, Inc., Secret River, Inc., Central Valley QSR, Inc., G Maroni Company Inc., Caljax, Inc., C Food Concepts, Inc., Aksan United Fortune, Inc., Cardinal Appliance And Hardware Inc., Marlu Pos, LLC, Maritime Management Company Or Marlu Investment Group (Collectively, “Defendant” or “The Defendant Entities”) In California Any Time Between November 7, 2010, And November 7, 2016, this settlement may affect your rights.

Plaintiff Joe Ortiz filed a complaint against Defendant on November 7, 2014 in the United States District Court. Ortiz made four claims: 1) that Defendant required some employees to work off the clock and failed to pay these employees straight or overtime wages for this off the clock work; 2) that Defendant failed to properly record employee work hours. 3) that Defendant failed to provide accurate itemized wage statements to its employees. 4) that Defendant failed to reimburse its employees for work-related expenses. The paystub claims apply to all hourly employees. The other claims deal with managers.

On August 17, 2016, the Plaintiffs in Barajas filed a complaint against Defendant in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. In addition to the issues in Ortiz, the Barajas Plaintiffs claim that 1) Defendant failed to provide some employees with meal breaks and failed to pay the extra wages due for preventing the employees from taking their meal breaks. 2) that Defendant required some employees to be paid their wages through paycards without providing the option of payment by check; and that Defendant failed to provide appropriate seating for its employees at cash register locations. The meal break claims apply to Manager and Shift Lead employees and employees who worked overnight shifts. The paycard claims apply to employees at Jack in the Box locations operated by any Defendant. On December 27, 2016, the claims asserted by Plaintiff Joe Ortiz were added to the Barajas v. Marlu case in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Defendant denies the allegations. Defendant contends its policies, practices, and procedures were and are fully compliant with all applicable requirements of state and federal law. The Court has not made any ruling on the merits of this case. The attorneys for Plaintiffs and Defendant have agreed to settle the Action, subject to the approval of the Court.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT:

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

You must submit a Claim Form by June 2, 2017 to receive payment. If the Court grants final approval, each Class Member who files a Claim Form before the deadline will receive a payment. 

EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE SETTLEMENT

If you exclude yourself, you will get no benefit.

OBJECT

You can write to the Court about why you do not like the settlement.

GO TO A HEARING

You can ask to speak to the Court about the fairness of the settlement.

DO NOTHING

If you do nothing, you will give up rights and receive no benefit.

 

If you have questions regarding the settlement, please contact:

Settlement of Marlu Restaurants Group, et, al. Administrator
1-844-540-6005
P.O. Box 43463
Providence, RI 02940-3463

OR

Allen Graves, Esq.
THE GRAVES FIRM
www.gravesfirm.com
122 N. Baldwin Ave., Main Floor
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
Telephone: (626) 240-0734
Facsimile: (626) 737-7013