Henry & McCord attorneys, John R. LaBar and Clifton N. Miller have filed a lawsuit alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act against local business The Scoop Newspaper, Inc., publisher of the “Show Ring Times”. The lawsuit, which was filed by in Bedford County, Tennessee on February 22, 2011 and removed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee seeks damages from The Scoop Newspaper, Inc. for violation of Federal Law for the failure of The Scoop Newspaper, Inc. to pay wages to its employee in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The complaint alleges during Hudgins’ employment with The Scoop Newspaper, Inc., the company routinely failed to pay on time (or at all) employees and independent contractors hired by the company for the production and sales of the company’s publication, “Show Ring Times” and that The Scoop Newspaper’s failure and/or refusal to properly compensate its employees, or to provide employees with any compensation at all, in accord with the Fair Labor Standards Act was a willful violation of 29 U.S.C. § 207(a)(1) because The Scoop Newspaper’s failure and/or refusal was done with knowing disregard of the existence and requirements of the Act in that Jack Heffington is an attorney with an active State of Tennessee License to Practice Law since 1972, and The Scoop Newspaper and Jack Heffington had no reasonable grounds for their failure to pay Hudgins. The lawsuit also seeks damages for violation of Tennessee Law for the failure of The Scoop Newspaper, Inc. to pay wages to its employees. The lawsuit provides that Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & LaBar, P.L.L.C. will conduct discovery on behalf of the Plaintiff, Richard T. Hudgins, to determine if the actions as alleged in the lawsuit could give rise to a class action against The Scoop Newspaper, Inc. for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Tennessee Law as described, and if such a class action is proved, the Plaintiff reserves the right to amend the lawsuit accordingly to set out a complaint for class representation with Hudgins designated as the class representative.
The Labor and Employment Practice of Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & LaBar, P.L.L.C. advises and litigates matters for both employers and employees regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as other Federal and State wage and hour requirements in Tennessee
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