Cardell Cabinetry Class Action Settlement Gets Early Approval
October 5, 2014 | 5:08 pm UTC
Hilco Auctioning Cardell Cabinetry Machinery Dec. 9, 2013

Cardell Cabinetry Class Action Settlement Gets Early ApprovalSAN ANTONIO, TX - Preliminary approval has been given for former Cardell Cabinetry employees to receive back wages as part of a class-action suit brought against the shuttered cabinet company.

An order granting preliminary approval for the class-action settlement was made Sept. 18 by U.S. District Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth, said a statement from the law firms of Chimicles & Tikellis LLP and Harwood Feffer LLP. A final approval hearing has been set for Dec. 17 at the U.S. Courthouse in San Antonio, TX.

Cardell Cabinetry closed its doors without warning in September 2013, leaving approximately 900 workers unemployed. Workers sued the company for its failure to provide adequate notification of the closure as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act).

According to the law firms, plaintiffs in the suit include "all persons: (1) who were employed at Cardell Cabinetry's Facilities in San Antonio, Texas; (2) who were involuntarily terminated as a result of the September 9, 2013 plant closure, whether on that date or thereafter; and (3) who did not receive 60 days' advance notice of the mass layoff."

A settlement fund has been established and attempts are underway to contact former employees. The employee settlements are expected to be proportional to the wages earned during the 60 days prior to Cardell's closing. For additional information on the settlement, visit

In the meantime, lawsuits are still ongoing against distributors and home remodeling companies that owe Cardell millions of dollars from overdue payments. Creditors meanwhile had until May 2014 to file their claims against the bankrupt kitchen cabinet firm.

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