The five named plaintiffs were awarded “enhancement payments” of $5,000 apiece, plus a share of the $263,128.79 set aside for class members -- eligible workers or ex-workers -- who filed claims.
The 27 plaintiffs who filed Fair Labor Standards Act complaints split $10,000.
Another $100,000 was set aside for class members who neither filed claims nor requested that they be excluded from the litigation. Only two eligible workers had asked to be excluded, as of December. They reserve the right to file suit on their own behalf.
The settlement stipulates that none of the money revert to Leatherstocking, and that any leftover funds resulting from uncashed checks be donated to the American Red Cross.
Leatherstocking was represented by Lisa E. Cleary and Krista Adler of the New York City law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.