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Rob is a partner in the Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group in Seyfarth Shaw’s Houston office. Mr. Carty presently represents clients in a variety of employment matters including the defense of collective actions and other complex litigation brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. For example, Mr. Carty successfully represented a nationwide client facing 102 parallel cases filed in the Northern District of Illinois by several hundred employees. Using a strategy of transferring the cases to their proper venues and defending the cases separately, the client obtained settlements in all cases for a fraction of the plaintiffs’ alleged damages. Mr. Carty presently represents another nationwide employer in two putative collective actions, each involving potentially hundreds of plaintiffs.

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It’s been said that when you can’t break through an obstacle, try going around it.  That’s exactly what the plaintiffs tried to do (unsuccessfully) in an FLSA case recently decided by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Dennis v. Watco Companies, Inc., No. 10-6079 (10th Cir. Jan. 21, 2011).

The plaintiffs, two railway employees, filed

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