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A CERTIFIED TRUE COPY

ATTEST

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FOR TNE UNITED STATES

JUDICIAL PANEL ON

MULTIDISTRICT LST)GATION

2007

UNtIED STATES

JUDICIAL PANEL ON

MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION

UNITED STATES JU1IAL PANEL

MULTIDISTRICT LiTIGATION

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FILED

CLERK'S OFFICE

IN RE: WAYNE FARMS LLC FAIR LABOR
STANDARDS ACT LITIGATION

MDL No. 1872

TRANSFER ORDER

Before the entire Panel: Common defendant Wayne Farms LLC (Wayne Farms) has moved,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407, for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings of this litigation
in the Southern District of Mississippi. Plaintiffs in all actions support the motion.

This litigation currently consists of twelve actions listed on Schedule A and pending in four
districts as follows: four actions each in the Middle District of Alabama and the Northern District
of Alabama, and two actions each in the Northern District of Georgia and the Southern District of
Mississippi.

After considering all argument ofcounsel, we fmd that these twelve actions involve common
questions of fact, and that centralization under Section 1407 in the Southern District of Mississippi
will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct
of this litigation. All actions share factual questions arising out of similar allegations that certain
Wayne Farms employees are entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),
29 U.S.C. § 201, etseq. Centralization under Section 1407 will eliminate duplicative discovery;
prevent inconsistent rulings on pretrial motions, including those with respect to certification of
collective actions; and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.

Given that the actions are pending in nearby federal judicial districts in Alabama, Georgia,
and Mississippi, any of the involved districtswould be convenient for the parties and witnesses. We
are persuaded that the Southern District of Mississippi is an appropriate transferee forum for this
litigation. The Southern District of Mississippi has been advancing the actions efficiently with a
large number of potential claimants. Additionally, all parties support centralization in.this district.

IT IS ThEREFORE ORDERED thst, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407, the actions listed on
Schedule A and pending outside the Southern District of Mississippi are transferred to the Southern
District of Mississippi and, with the consent of that court, assigned to the Honorable Keith Starrett
for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings with the actions pending there and listed on
Schedule A.

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PANEL ON MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION

G. Heybum II
Chairman

D. Lowell Jensen
Robert L. Miller, Jr.
David R. Hansen

J. Frederick Motz
Kathryn H. VratiI
Anthony J. Scirica

I HEREBY CERTIFY.

311N. CLERI

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IN RE: WAYNE FARMS LLC FAIR LABOR
STANDARDS ACT LITIGATION

MDL No. 1872

SCHEDULE A

Middle District of Alabama

Samuel Adams, et aJ. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 1:06-950
Sonya P. Adams, et a!. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 1:07-296
Darren Anderson, et al. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 2:06-951
Amos Akirigs, et a!. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 2:07-297

Northern District of A'abama

Jimmy W. Belue, et a!. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 4:06-2095
Robert Thomas Dunn, et al. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 4:07-647
James E. Bolden, et al. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 5:06-2096
Pamela M. Allen, et a!. v. Wayne Farms LLC, et al., CA. No. 5:07-639

Northern District of Qeorgia

Christie Norman, et a!, v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 1:07-1154
Joey Tate, et a!. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 2:07-55

Southern District of Mississippi

April Agee, et a!. v. Wayne Fthms LLC, et a!., C.A. No. 2:06-268
Eula M. Keyes, et at. v. Wayne Farms LLC, C.A. No. 2:07-29

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

OFFICE OF THE CLERK

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI

Jackson, Mississippi

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MIDDLE DI STRICT ALA

DIVISIONS

SOUTHERN at Gulf port

2012 15th Street, Suite 403
Zip 39501

NATTIESBURG at Hattiesburg
701 Main St., Suite 200
Zip 39401

JACKSON at Jackson
245 E. Capitol, Suite 316
Zip 39201

EASTERN & WESTERN at Jackson
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Zip 39201

J. T Noblin
CLERK

245 E. Capitol St., Suite 316
Jackson, fitS 39201

TELEPHONE
(601) 96539

Debra P. Hackett, Clerk
U, S. District Court
Middle District of Alabama
P.O. Box7ll
Montgomery, AL 36101-0711

RE: MDL No. 1872 -- IN RE: Wayne Farms LLC Fair Labor Standards Act Litigation

Title Case(s):

Your Case Number(s):

New Case Number(s):

Samuel Adams, et al v. Wayne Farms C.A. No. 1:06-950
Sonya P. Adams, et al v. Wayne Farms C.A. No. 1:07-296
Darren Anderson, et al v. Wayne Farms C.A. No. 2:06-951
Amos Akings, et al v. Wayne Farms
CA. No. 2:07-297

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Dear Clerk:

Enclosed is a certified copy of the Transfer Order from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
transferring the above entitled actions to the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division, The
cases have been assigned to Honorable Keith Starrett for coordinated or consolidated pretrial processing
pursuant to 28 USC §1407.

If the cases are electronically filed, please e-mail the PDF documents, as separate files, including a FDF
copy of the docket sheet to interdistricttransfer_mssdmssd.uscourts.gov. If cases were not
electronically filed, please provide certified copies of the docket sheet, complaint with any amendments.
We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Enclosure