On September 21, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted preliminary approval of a $5 million, non-reversionary settlement in Lindell v. Synthes USA, et al., a class action alleging that Defendants failed to compensate certain California-based commission-only sales consultants for expenses and took unlawful deductions from pay for sales consultants, both commission-only and salaried, in California.
The two classes—one for expenses, one for deductions—had previously been certified in 2014, but the class definitions have been amended to include an end date of July 14, 2016. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement and the order granting preliminary approval, class notice will be mailed within 20 days of September 21, 2016. Sales consultants who worked for Synthes in California between December 13, 2007 and July 14, 2016 may be eligible for a distribution under the settlement. For more information, or to provide updated contact information, please contact Darin Ranahan or Catha Worthman. To view the court decision, as well as related settlement documents, please visit our settlements page.