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I’m Dreaming of a White Collar: 2015 Year in Review

Posted in Arbitration Agreements, City/Local Ordinances, Conditional Certification, Damages, Decertification, Defenses, Discovery, DOL Enforcement, Executive Orders, Hybrid Lawsuits, Independent Contractors, Joint Employment, Jurisdiction, Meal/Rest Breaks, Misclassification/Exemptions, Off-the-Clock Issues, Offer of Judgment, Overtime, Regular Rate, Rule 23 Certification, Salary Basis, Service Charges/Gratuities, Settlement, State Laws/Claims, Uncategorized

Authored by Alex Passantino

‘Twas the week before Christmas, 2-0-1-5 When the poetry elves on the blog came alive. Crafting their rhymes with a purpose so clear: Presenting the wage-hour gems of the year.

In January, for new regs in this year our breath bated. Then for six painful months, we speculated and waited. And just as … Continue Reading

Where’s the (Pork)? Justices Sidestep Meatiest Issues at Oral Argument in Tyson Foods

Posted in Off-the-Clock Issues, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Co-authored by Richard Alfred, Patrick Bannon, and Daniel Whang

Companies burdened by an avalanche of wage and hour class and collective actions have been hoping that Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo might be the game-changing decision they have been waiting for.  If the oral argument before the Supreme Court this morning is an accurate indication (and it may … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Briefing Begins in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, A Potential Wage and Hour Blockbuster

Posted in Off-the-Clock Issues, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Co-authored by Richard Alfred, Patrick Bannon and Esther Slater McDonald

In a case that could change how wage and hour class and collective actions are litigated, Tyson Foods, Inc. recently filed its opening Supreme Court brief. Tyson seeks reversal of a $5.8 million judgment in favor of meat processing employees who claimed to have worked off the clock.

As Continue Reading

No Fees For You: Second Circuit Holds Expert Fees Are Not Recoverable Under FLSA

Posted in Conditional Certification, Rule 23 Certification

Co-authored by Robert S. Whitman and Howard M. Wexler

Expert witness fees are not recoverable under the FLSA. So held the Second Circuit in a decision that highlights a strategy we have previously discussed for employers to fend off class/collective actions.

In Gortat v. Capala Brothers, Inc., the plaintiffs alleged that they were denied wages, including overtime compensation, throughout … Continue Reading

Agents Can’t Insure Class Treatment – Varied Experiences Require Decertification

Posted in Independent Contractors, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Authored by Kara Goodwin

Last week, a federal district court decertified a Rule 23 class of more than 1,000 insurance agents who claimed that Bankers Life and Casualty Co. misclassified them as independent contractors, and, as a result, they were entitled $16.9 million in overtime damages under the Washington Minimum Wage Act. In decertifying the class, the court held that … Continue Reading

Appellate Court Delivers for FedEx—Second Class Cert Denial Affirmed by Ninth Circuit

Posted in Rule 23 Certification

Co-authored by Catherine M. Dacre, Tamara Fisher, and Simon L. Yang

When an employer has a denial of class certification remanded by an appellate court, it has a reason to worry. And while the employer might breathe a sigh of relief when the district court on remand again denies class certification, nothing is certain when that decision also … Continue Reading

Game Changer? The Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Standards for Certifying FLSA Collective Actions and State Law Class Actions

Posted in Off-the-Clock Issues, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Co-authored by Richard Alfred, Patrick Bannon and Esther Slater McDonald

Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal challenging a nearly $6.0 million judgment in a collective and class action case against Tyson Foods, Inc. In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, a wage and hour collective and class action regarding the compensability … Continue Reading

No Wishes Granted for Aladdin—Class Cert Denied

Posted in Rule 23 Certification

Co-authored by Coby M. Turner and Adam J. Vergne

In the Central District of California—often known as a magical kingdom for plaintiffs in wage-hour lawsuits—Judge Fernando Olguin brought everyone back to reality by denying class certification. Plaintiff Aladdin Zackaria alleged Wal-Mart incorrectly classified its Asset Protection Coordinators (“APC”) as exempt and moved to certify a class of all APCs that … Continue Reading

Genesis Healthcare May Be Merely the First Book in Bible on Mooting Class/Collective Actions

Posted in Conditional Certification, Rule 23 Certification

Authored by Steve Shardonofsky

In the beginning, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Genesis Healthcare that an FLSA case is moot when the plaintiff accepts an offer of full relief. As we noted in our previous blog, the decision left open, however, the question of what happens when the plaintiff affirmatively declines the offer or when the offer expires, … Continue Reading

Seyfarth Shaw Attorneys Author the 2015 Update to the Definitive Guide to Litigating Wage & Hour Lawsuits

Posted in Conditional Certification, Hybrid Lawsuits, Rule 23 Certification

Leading employment law firm Seyfarth Shaw has updated its definitive guide to the litigation of wage and hour lawsuits. Co-authored by three Seyfarth partners and edited by the chair of the firm’s national wage-hour practice, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation is an essential resource for practitioners. The unique treatise provides insight into litigation strategy through all phases … Continue Reading