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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

OFFICE OF THE CLERK

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI

Jackson, Mississippi

November 6, 2007

RECEIVED IN CLERIC'S OFFICE

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JAMES iY . ' HI11 ! E N, Clerk

J . 3. Noblin
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Jackson, MS 3920

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RE: MDL No . 1872 -- IN RE: Wayne Fa rms LLC Fair Labor Sta ndards Act Litigation

Title Case(s):

Your Case Number(s):

New Case N u mber(s):

Christie Norman, et al v . Wayne Farms C .A. No . 1 :07-1154 C .A. No. 2 :07cv1pQ8KS-MTP
Joey Tate, et al v . Wayne Farms C.A. No . 2:07-55 C.A. No. 2 :07cv1009KS-MTP

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 PDF
copy of the docket sheet to interdistricttransfer [email protected] .uscourts .gav . 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,

J. T. NOBLIN K

By

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Deputy Clerk

Enclosure

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Before tie en ti re Pa ael: 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 ofrivelve 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 ofcaunsel, we find 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 . § 20 1, et seq . 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 jud icial districts in Alabama , Georgia,
and M ississippi, any ofthe involved districts would be convenient for the parties and witnesses. We
are persuaded that the . Southern D istrict of M ississipp i is an appropr iate transferee forum for th is
litigation. The Southern District of M ississippi has been advanc ing the act ions effic iently with a
large number of potential claimants. Additionally, all parties support centralization in this district.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that, 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

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ohn G . Heyburn Ii

Chairman

D. Lowed Jensen
J . Freder ick Motz
Robert L. M iller, Jr . Kathryn H . Vratil
David R. Hansen Anthony J . Scir ica

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HEREBY GERTIIFFY.
L.iN, CLERK

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IN RE : WAYNE FARMS LLC FAIR LABOR
STANDARDS ACT LITIGATION MDL No . 1872

SCHEDULE A

Middle District ofAlabamg

Samuel Adams, et al . v . Wayne Farms LLC, C .A. No .
Sonya P . Adams, et al. v . Wayne Farms L LC, C.A . No . I :Q7-296
Darren Anderson, et al . v . Wayne Farms LLC, C .A . No . 2 :06-951
Amos Akings, et al . v. Wayne Farms LLC, C .A. No . 2 :07-297

1 :06-950

Northern District of AjabamV

Jimmy W . Belue, et a! . v, Wayne Farms LLC, C .A . No . 4 :06-2095
Robert Thomas Dunn, et al, v : Wayne Farms L LC, 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 al . v. Wayne farms LLC, et al ., C .A . No . 5 :07-639

Northern District of Georgia

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

Southern District of M j ssissip

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