RCI Hospitality Subsidiaries and Plaintiffs Settlement in New York FLSA Case
HOUSTON, TX–April 1, 2015–Subsidiaries of RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. (NasdaqGM: RICK)today announcedan agreement to settle in full aNew York based federal wage and hour class action case.The settlement has been filed for preliminary court approval. Trial was scheduled to begin April 27, 2015. Under terms of the agreement:
· RCI Entertainment (New York), Inc. and Peregrine Enterprises, Inc. will make up to $15 million available to class members and their attorneys.
· The actual amount paid will be determined based on the number of class members responding by the end of a three-month notice period.Final court approval is expected after the three month notice period.
· Based on the current schedule,an initial payment will be made in approximately five months, with two subsequent payments of approximately $1.8 million each being made in annual installments.
Eric Langan, President and CEO of RCI Hospitality, commented, “We believe it is in the best interest of shareholders to resolve this case now, to eliminate uncertainty and the ongoing cost of litigation. Based on response rates seen in other class actions of this nature, we anticipate that the ultimate amount paid will be between$9.5 and $12.5 million, but the precise amount will not be known until the response period ends.”
Filed in 2009, the case claimed Rick’s Cabaret New York misclassified entertainers as independent contractors. Plaintiffs sought minimum wage for the hours they danced and return of certain fees. Rick’s maintained the dancers were properly classified; amounts earned were well in excess of the minimum wage and should satisfy any obligations.RCI subsidiaries were represented by Meister Seelig & Fein.
Since 2009, RCI Hospitality subsidiaries have taken steps to avoid these types of cases going forward and have been successful in having such cases dismissed.
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