In its quarterly earnings report issued Monday (Dec. 10), Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reported that contributing to its $12.3 million for the three months ended Oct. 28 is its possible payment of $8.3 million to settle two law suits.
And in the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Form 10 Q that Fleetwood filed on Wednesday (Dec. 12), it reported that the possible settlements involve labor law and sex harassment cases pending in federal court in Idaho.
The labor law case, a class action involving its manufactured home and RV divisions and titled Bristow et al. v. Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., might be settled if Fleetwood agrees to pay “up to $7.35 million” in cash, according to the company’s Form 10 Q.
The alleged sex harassment case, which involves four Fleetwood factories and is titled Bogen, et al. v. Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., might be settled if Fleetwood agrees to pay “up to $1 million” in cash, according to the SEC filing.
Concerning both lawsuits, Fleetwood stated in its Form 10 Q, “While we continue to deny the material allegations in the complaint(s) and assert a vigorous defense, we are also in discussions regarding a pending settlement(s)…”
To explain why Fleetwood is seeking out-of-court settlements, Fleetwood President and CEO Nelson Potter stated, “We believe that the alternative of additional attorney fees, consumption of management time and risks of litigation generally – regardless of the merit of the cases – justifies the cost.”