Authored by Michael Kopp

With all the drama of a get-away chase, the Third Circuit recently brought to a screeching halt plaintiffs’ counsel’s elaborate maneuvers to end run repeated decertification of their FLSA actions, and held as a matter of first impression in Halle v. West Penn Allegheny Health System, Inc. that opt-in plaintiffs have no right to appeal decertification.
Continue Reading Opt Ins are Out (of Luck) Appealing Decertification

Authored by Noah Finkel

As noted by this blog on several occasions, including most recently here, the U.S. Supreme Court and several appellate courts have grappled with the question of whether and to what extent a defendant facing a class or collective action can moot a case by offering a plaintiff complete relief under Rule 68 or in a
Continue Reading Reports of the Death of the Mootness Maneuver Are Greatly Exaggerated

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

Authored by Noah Finkel

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a tough week last week.  It wasn’t just their loss to the Detroit Lions.  Defeats on Sundays are something with which the Bucs have grown accustomed.  Rather, last week the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Bucs’ attempt to have an adverse judgment against themselves would not end a
Continue Reading Can’t Win For Losing? Try Offering Complete Relief, Not Rule 68

Co-authored by Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Scott Rabe

“Sometimes surrender is the best option.”  That is how Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York described how the Rule 68 Offer of Judgment may be used by employers to pay—i.e., “pick off”—individual plaintiffs to defeat a broader and significantly more
Continue Reading Perfecting The “Pick Off”: Using A Rule 68 Offer Of Judgment To Get FLSA Collective Actions “Out”

Authored by Alex Passantino

It’s the week before Christmas, so you know it’s the time
For our review of the year—our wage-hour rhyme.
Our look-back on issues from the past 52 weeks
That grabbed the attention of you wage-hour geeks.

Leading us off is no big surprise:
FLSA filings continue to rise.
A 10% bump; they’re not going away,
Continue Reading Donning Your Kerchief and Doffing Your Cap: 2013 Year in Review

Authored by Steve Shardonofsky

What happens when an object with greater mass collides with a smaller object?  Yes, the smaller object typically bears the brunt of the force and splits into two or more pieces.  According to a recent decision by Judge Keith Ellison of the Southern District of Texas, this is exactly what happens when Fifth Circuit precedent collides
Continue Reading TO MOOT OR NOT TO MOOT—THE FIRST FLSA CASE IN TEXAS TO GRAPPLE WITH THE GENESIS HEALTHCARE RULING

380484-mighty-pen-duel.jpgAuthored by Laura Reathaford

Employers considering a Rule 68 Offer of Judgment in order to moot class certification must think again at least in the Ninth Circuit where the Court of Appeals has ruled that unaccepted Rule 68 offers do not moot class claims even if those offers are made before the lead plaintiff has timely moved for class certification.


Continue Reading The Rule 68 Pen Is Not Mightier Than The Class Certification Sword: The Ninth Circuit Holds That Unaccepted Rule 68 Offers Will Not Moot Class Certification