ABM Industries Enters into Agreement to Settle Class Action Lawsuit

NEW YORK, Feb. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ABM (NYSE:ABM), a leading provider of facility solutions, today announced that on February 6, 2017, the Company entered into an agreement to settle all claims in the class action lawsuit Augustus et. al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. on a class-wide basis for $110 million (pre-tax).  The settlement is subject to the final approval of the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County.  The Augustus case relates to ABM’s security business which was sold in October 2015.   On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court reversed a judgment in favor of ABM in the Appeals Court and held in favor of the plaintiffs. The amount of the original judgment in Augustus was $89.7 million and attorney’s fees of $4.5 million, with interest continuing to accrue until the judgment is satisfied.  As of December 22, 2016, post-judgment interest was approximately $41.2 million. 

ABM has also entered into a settlement term sheet relating to Karapetyan v. ABM Industries Incorporated and ABM Security Services, Inc. to settle the case on a class-wide basis for $5 million.  Karapetyan, which also relates to ABM’s divested Security business, is a putative class action alleging that ABM violated certain California state laws relating to meal and rest breaks and other wage and hour claims. The Karapetyan settlement is contingent upon the finalization of a settlement agreement, final approval of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and final approval by the Superior Court of the Augustus case. 

In light of the recent decision by the Supreme Court of California in the Augustus case, and in consideration of the likely length of the appeals process as well as its uncertainty, ABM believes this settlement is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. The settlement does not constitute an admission of liability, culpability, negligence, or wrongdoing on the part of ABM.

Scott Salmirs, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABM Industries, commented, "While we disagree with the decision of the California Supreme Court, we are pleased to have reached a resolution in these longstanding legal matters related to our previously-held Security business.”

Mr. Salmirs continued, “We remain excited about our 2020 Vision and continue to be on track with our long term objectives.  We look forward to sharing our progress on our upcoming earnings call.” 

The Company is currently evaluating the settlement’s financial impact and will provide additional details on its next quarterly conference call.

The Company expects to announce earnings results for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 after market close.  Details of the quarterly conference call will be announced in late February 2017. 


ABM (NYSE:ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5.1 billion and over 100,000 employees in 300+ offices throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include janitorial, electrical & lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC & mechanical, landscape & turf, mission critical solutions and parking, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes - from schools and commercial buildings to hospitals, data centers, manufacturing plants and airports. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit www.abm.com.

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