Memphis, TN (PRWEB) On October 31, 2012, the federal judge presiding over Edward Monroe, et al. v. FTS USA, LLC and UniTek USA, LLC, Case No. 2:08-cv-021000-JTF-cgc, a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action pending in the Western District of Tennessee, handed out much more than candy to the FTS Technicians who prevailed on all of their claims at a jury trial that concluded in October 2011. Judge John T. Fowlkes Entered Judgment for the Technicians with damages totaling $3,873,045.48. According to the Order, this amount does not include the Technicans’ attorneys’ fees and litigation costs which the Technicians’ attorneys will be petitioning for at the end of this month.
At trial, the Technicians were represented by Rachhana T. Srey and Anna P. Prakash of Nichols Kaster, PLLP and William B. Ryan and Bryce W. Ashby of Donati Law Firm. The Technicians worked for Defendants FTS USA, LLC and its parent company UniTek USA, LLC at various locations throughout country installing and servicing cable equipment, according to court documents. They were paid on a piece-rate basis and regularly worked unpaid overtime hours. In February 2011, the Technicians prevailed on Defendants’ motion to decertify the collective class with the Court ruling that the Technicians could try their FLSA “off-the-clock” claims on a representative basis. A representative trial began on September 19, 2011 and on October 5, 2011, a Memphis jury reached a unanimous verdict for the Technicians on all of their claims, concluding that FTS and Unitek willfully violated the FLSA when they failed to pay the Technicians for all of their overtime hours.
Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Rachhana T. Srey stated, “It was a very satisfying win for our clients when the jury returned such a significant verdict back in October 2011. We are thrilled with the Court’s entry of judgment with damages and are looking forward to moving on with the rest of the post-trial work.”