Court grants preliminary approval of second DCH class case

June 21, 2017 – Firm partner Nicholas Carlin announced today that Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman has conditionally granted the firm’s motion for preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached in the firm’s second wage theft class action against DCH Auto Group and its parent entity Lithia Motors, Inc., the eighth largest automotive retailer in the U.S.  The court's ruling allows the settlement of $6.5 million for a class of clerical and other employees to proceed to class notice pending a further order, expected shortly, setting a calendar of events leading to a hearing on final approval of the settlement.  Judge Freeman set the final approval hearing for October 24th. This is the second settlement the firm has concluded on behalf of DCH employees; the first, for just over $4 million dollars on behalf of a class of approximately 400 auto mechanics, was given final approval last month.