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“Hybrids” are not just popular with Prius owners.  Plaintiffs’ wage-and-hour lawyers frequently bring collective and class action lawsuits that assert violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws in the same case based on the same basic set of facts – so-called “hybrid” actions.  While the tactic has been prevalent for years, its

Continue Reading Want to Buy a Hybrid? The Second Circuit is Now Open for Business

Co-Authored by Ariel Cudkowicz and Kevin Young 

As we reported earlier this summer, the hospitality industry has, in recent years, attracted the attention of various plaintiffs’ attorneys who have attacked, on behalf of service employees, practices related to levying service charges on food and beverage purchases.  While several recent decisions have stemmed the tide of such cases, threats

Continue Reading Federal Court Says “Aloha” to Hotel Service Charge Practices in Hawaii

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On June 8, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia dismissed with prejudice a putative class action filed on behalf of individuals who worked for Levy Restaurants as luxury suite attendants at the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, and the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  The seven named plaintiffs

Continue Reading Suite Success: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Class Action Alleging Wrongful Retention of Service Charges at Large Venue Luxury Suites