Seattle-based coffeehouse behemoth Starbucks Corp has reached an agreement to settle two Californian class action lawsuits filed in 2001. The lawsuits, entitled Carr v. Starbucks Corp and Shields v. Starbucks Corp, challenged the status of Starbucks California store managers and assistant store managers as exempt employees under California wage and hour laws. While Starbucks denies all liability in these cases, the company has agreed to the settlement in order to resolve all of the plaintiffs' claims without engaging in protracted litigation.