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Court Insures Allstate Against Unsound Trial Plan Mayhem

Posted in Off-the-Clock Issues, Rule 23 Certification

Co-authored by Sherry Skibbe and Andrew Paley

Allstate Insurance Company “insured” a major victory last week in an off the clock class action pending in Los Angeles Superior Court, vindicating employers’ argument that plaintiffs cannot simply intone the magical incantation of “statistical sampling” as a means of collective proof in a class action. Rather, plaintiffs must proffer a detailed and … Continue Reading

Advising On Their Own: Financial Advisors’ Class Claims Defeated

Posted in Conditional Certification, Misclassification/Exemptions, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Authored by Hillary J. Massey

Employers have a new tool for opposing conditional and class certification of overtime claims by financial advisors and other exempt employees—last week, a judge in the District of New Jersey denied conditional and class certification of such claims because the plaintiffs failed to show that common issues predominated. The court, pointing to other decisions denying … Continue Reading

Doing the “Two Step”: Court Denies Second Stage Certification of FLSA Claims

Posted in Conditional Certification, Decertification, Rule 23 Certification

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

Plaintiffs’ counsel frequently speak of the “low” burden necessary at first stage for conditional certification under the FLSA.  However, a recent decision from the Eastern District of New York highlights that plaintiffs may win the battle over conditional certification but still lose the war for final certification at second stage.

In … Continue Reading

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