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Employees of Swift to Receive Backpay Awards.

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ --

As part of a court-approved settlement in a federal lawsuit, employees at Swift & Company's pork processing plants in Worthington, Minnesota and Marshalltown, Iowa are receiving backpay awards, which were mailed out the week of December 25, 2000.

Almost $3 million in backpay will be distributed among the approximately 2,300 employees who chose to participate in the case of Anderson, et al. v. Swift & Company which was filed in the United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Anderson case is among several large representative actions brought under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act against meatpacking companies who have allegedly failed to pay workers for time spent donning, doffing and cleaning safety equipment and other related activities.

Last week, as a result of a court order, 2,600 current and former employees of the Austin, Minnesota-based meatpacking company Quality Pork Processors, Inc. were sent notices inviting them to join a backpay lawsuit against that company pending in the United States District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than 700 employees have already chosen to take part in Dybevik, et al. v. Quality Pork Processors, Inc.

The plaintiffs in Anderson and Dybevik are represented by the Washington, D.C. and Texas-based firm of Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P., the Minneapolis, Minnesota firm of Metcalf, Kaspari, Howard, Engdahl & Lazarus, P.A. and the Chicago, Illinois firm of Karmel & Gilden.

Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. is one of the nation's leading high- impact litigation firms, having represented the State of Texas in its successful effort to recover more than $20 billion dollars from the tobacco industry. The firm, including its Washington, D.C. office, also served as counsel in one of the largest causative actions ever brought under the Federal False Claims Act, in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid royalties owed to the federal government by the oil industry as a result of oil pumped from federal lands.

For more information on Provost & Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. or to contact its Washington, D.C. office, visit the firm's web-site at http://www.provostumphrey.com .
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