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Mario Batali Settles Lawsuit Out of Court

Gastro guru, restaurateur, reality television star and owner of Westport’s Tarry Lodge , Mario Batali and his business partner, Joe Bastianich , reportedly settled a lawsuit this week.

WNYC reported yesterday the longtime foodie partners wound up in a New York federal court on the wrong end of a 2010 lawsuit brought by “117 waiters, captains, servers and busboys,” who accused Batali and Bastianich of taking a portion of the staff’s tips. “In some cases as much as five percent of the nightly wine sales,” according to WNYC.

The class-action settlement, which must be approved by a judge, could cover about 1,100 employees, including servers, busboys, runners and bartenders who worked at the restaurants, in some cases as far back as 2004, according to a filing made Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan, reports The New York Times .

An attorney for the restaurateurs told NPR, “the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.” The resolution, official signature from the judge and subsequent payments to the plaintiffs are slated for this summer.

The total on that settlement check? $5.25 million.

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