It's good to be a corporate lawyer
Funny thing about class action lawsuits is that the only winners are the legal counsel. Those consumers/employees on whose behalf the suit was filed, not so much. Adding further insult to injury, the piddly $9M settlement isn't even a slap on the wrist compared to the combined profit margins of the defendants. And lastly, this case will no doubt settle and therefore, not even serve as a legal precedent for future action. So in the final analysis, where consumers/employees are concerned, this case is nothing more than an exercise in futility and job security for litigators.