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Batali Agrees to $5.25 Million Server Tip Suit Accord

Mario Batali, the celebrity TV chef who compared bankers to Hitler and Stalin and criticized the financial industry for having “toppled the way money is distributed,” agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle allegations he cheated workers out of their tips.

Batali and his associate, Joseph Bastianich, made the agreement to resolve a group lawsuit brought on behalf of former and current workers at establishments that include Manhattan power restaurants Babbo and Del Posto, according to court papers filed in federal court in New York.