Benjamin filed a garnishment against Swinging Richards’ owner about a month ago. Then last week, Jones sought chapter 11.
“I kind of wish his (Jones) lawyer had called us to make a payment schedule to forgo collection efforts, but they chose to file bankruptcy instead,” Benjamin said. “We’ll follow this closely and make sure all of his assets are accounted for.”
Paul Marr, an attorney for Jones, said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he could not immediately provide comment on the case.
The club has remained open while the court case proceeds. In chapter 11, a debtor typically proposes a reorganization that pays creditors over time without shutting down the business.
In 2014, more than a dozen dancers at Richards filed a similar class action suit against the club. The men also claimed Richards had engaged in wage theft, forced them to sign non-compete agreements, and had them remove all their clothes so club managers could “inspect” them before they were hired to make sure they met the club’s “standards.”
That case was settled in 2017, with attorneys in the case getting $453,333 in fees and an additional $58,916 in out-of-pocket expenses, according to court filings. The final settlement court document did not say how much each plaintiff received in the case.