Williams & Murphy v. SMG
SMG Settlement
17-2-29494-2 SEA

Welcome to the Williams & Murphy v. SMG Settlement Website

What is this lawsuit about?

Former employees of SMG brought claims against the company for allegedly engaging in unlawful rest break and meal break practices under Washington law, violating Washington's service charge disclosure requirements, and failing to properly pay employees. SMG vigorously denies the allegations. The parties to the Case have reached a Class Action Settlement.

The Class Action Settlement will include a total settlement payment by SMG of $1,200,000.00.

To receive a share of the settlement payment, you must not exclude yourself from the Class Action Settlement.

Who is included?

All current and former hourly paid employees of SMG who have worked at McGraw Hall between November 13, 2014 and July 31, 2018 or at ShoWare Center between November 13, 2014 and June 25, 2019 and have served customers in suites or at catered events for which SMG has imposed automatic service charges, including all those who have worked as banquet servers (including lead servers and on call servers), banquet captains, banquet bartenders, suite attendants, and suite runners.

Option and Deadline
Do Nothing You will be eligible to get a payment for your share of the Class Action Settlement. (You may need to provide Class Counsel any updated contact information to ensure you receive your payment.)

Opt Out

October 16, 2019 (postmarked)


You will not receive any payment from this lawsuit. You will be free to pursue, or not pursue, and wage and hour claims against SMG that are not barred by the statute of limitations.


October 16, 2019 (postmarked)


Write to the Court if you do not like the Settlement and explain why.

Go to a Hearing

November 14, 2019


Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Class Action Settlement.

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.


Williams & Murphy v. SMG
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91205
Seattle, WA 98111