Tentative agreement reached in dispute between former owners, employees of Aberdeen beef plant

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ABERDEEN, South Dakota — A preliminary agreement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by more than 250 former employees of Aberdeen's idled beef plant who claim they weren't properly notified before they were laid off.

Federal bankruptcy Judge Charles Nail approved the tentative settlement that would pay less than $400 on average to former employees of Northern Beef Packers.

The American News in Aberdeen reports (http://bit.ly/1ION3RG ) former employee Jorge Alvarado filed a class-action lawsuit in 2013 claiming he and other laid-off workers weren't told early enough before the plant filed for bankruptcy.

The plant opened in late 2012 but closed by July 2013.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Northern Beef Packers does not admit to any wrongdoing.

The court will decide whether to give final approval after a June 3 hearing.

Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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