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Law360 Wyndham Destinations Inc. Article

A California federal judge has approved a $1.5 million settlement to resolve two consolidated class actions brought by salespeople who claimed timeshare giant Wyndham Destinations Inc. and a subsidiary cheated them out of wages and paid breaks.

U.S. District Judge John Holcomb issued a final judgment Tuesday approving a settlement between Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc. and Wyndham Destinations Inc. and their sales representatives who had alleged that a commission pay system shortchanged them on minimum wage and paid rest breaks.

"The court finds that the settlement offers significant monetary recovery to all class members and finds that such recovery is fair, adequate, and reasonable when balanced against further litigation related to liability and damages issues," Judge Holcomb wrote in the order.

The plaintiffs' attorneys will secure $450,000 in fees, while attorney costs and settlement administration costs are $15,603 each. Lead plaintiffs Anders Pagh and Jerry Lee Forney will each receive service awards of $10,000, according to the judgment.

The plaintiffs are represented by Craig J. Ackermann of Ackermann & Tilajef PC, Jonathan Melmed of Melmed Law Group PC, Mehrdad Bokhour of Bokhour Law Group PC, Gregory P. Wong of The Barkhordarian Law Firm PLC, and Sandeep J. Shah of Shah Law Group PC.

The defendants are represented by Benjamin M. Gipson, Alexandria Cates, and Anthony Todaro of DLA Piper.

The case is Anders Pagh v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc., case number 8:19-cv-00812, in United States District Court Central District of California.

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