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Texas Federal Court Blocks New Salary Restrictions for Exempt Employees

On November 22, 2016, a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor from enforcing new regulations that would have drastically reduced the number of white...more

Ninth Circuit Invalidates Arbitration Agreement with Class Action Waiver

On August 22, 2016, the Ninth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in the split amongst U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal on the issue of enforceability of employment arbitration agreements precluding class actions. The Ninth...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo Opinion Reaffirms The Importance Of Challenging Plaintiff’s Experts In Class...

On March 22, 2016, the United States Supreme Court decided Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, et al., No. 14-1146, a class action under Rule 23 of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (“Rule 23”) and a collective action under...more

Brinker for Dummies

On November 13, 2014, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One, issued a decision in Walgreen Co. Overtime Cases. The opinion explains the meaning of Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court as it applies to the...more

California Supreme Court Limits Application of Commissioned Employee Exemption

On July 14, 2014, the California Supreme Court held in Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc. that employees qualify for the California “commissioned employee” exemption in a pay period only if they receive “earnings [that]...more

Cal. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Class Certification of Independent Contract Class Actions

On Monday, the California Supreme Court issued yet another decision on class certification; this time in an action challenging the independent contractor (“IC”) classification of a proposed class of Antelope Valley News...more

Hall v. Rite Aid and the Return of the Underpants Gnomes

The Fourth District Court of Appeal’s decision earlier this month in Hall v. Rite Aid Corp. represents an unfortunate step backwards in the development of a coherent jurisprudence on class certification. ...more

New Decision Clarifies Summary Judgment Standards for Off-the-Clock Claims

On May 20, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal in Jong v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, issued a decision affirming the summary judgment granted as to one of the individual class representatives in a putative class action...more

New Decision Examines the Scope of Constructive Discharge

On December 31, 2013, in Vasquez v. Franklin Management Real Estate Fund, Inc., the California Court of Appeal held that a maintenance technician, who alleged that he was constructively discharged in violation of public...more

Sonic Calabasas Is A Tactical Retreat From Supreme Court FAA Precedent

On October 17, 2013, in Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, the California Supreme Court issued a 73-page decision (excluding concurrence and dissent) that attempted to construe the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Federal...more

Ninth Circuit Falls In Line With Supreme Court Ruling on Class Action Removals

In Rodriguez v. AT&T Mobility, LLC, the Ninth Circuit continues a string of recent decisions cracking down on district courts’ tendency to remand class actions on the purported basis that the defendant failed to meet the...more

Court of Appeal Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Farmers Insurance on Independent Contract Issue

On July 11, 2013, the Second Appellate District in Beaumont-Jacques v. Farmers Group Inc. concluded as a matter of law that a worker’s ability to exercise meaningful discretion in her job-related efforts rendered her an...more

Supreme Court Continues To Expand FAA Preemption

Do you hear that? . . . . It is the wailing and moaning of plaintiff’s attorneys across the country. On June 20, 2013, in a 5-3 decision (Sotomayor recused herself), the United States Supreme Court issued a...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Comcast Does Not Kill Wage and Hour Class Actions

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit decided Leyva v. Medline Industries, Inc., reversing an order denying class certification in a wage and hour case. The decision represents the first interpretation from the Ninth Circuit of the...more

New Appellate Decision Applies Brinker to Require Certification of Certain Meal and Rest Claims

On Friday afternoon, the Fourth Appellate District, Division 3 (Orange County) decided Faulkinbury v. Boyd & Associates (Faulkinbury II). This was a meal period, rest period, and overtime class certification decision in which...more

Plaintiffs' Bar is Whistling Past the Graveyard on Comcast

As many readers of this blog know by now, last week the Supreme Court issued yet another anti-class certification decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (“Comcast”). While the full scope and meaning of the Court’s holding is...more

Supreme Court Ruling Reverses Bad 9th Circuit Precedent on CAFA

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Standard Fire Insurance v. Knowles, a short, narrow, and unanimous opinion addressing removal of class actions to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act...more

9th Circuit Applies Dukes v. Wal-Mart to a Wage/Hour Class Action

On March 4, 2013 the Ninth Circuit issued a second opinion in the action, Wang v. Chinese Daily News (Wang II), in which it reversed the class certification it had previously affirmed and remanded the matter for further...more

New 7th Circuit Opinion Explains Plaintiff's Obligation to Have a Trial Plan to Maintain Class Certification

On February 4, 2013 in Espenscheid v. DirectSat USA, LLC , a Seventh Circuit panel unanimously affirmed a Wisconsin District Court judge's decision to decertify a large off-the-clock overtime class action. Judge Richard...more

Plaintiffs Must Offer "Significant Proof" Of A Common Policy Or Practice To Satisfy Commonality Under Rule 23 Post-Dukes

On January 28, 2013, Hon. George King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order in Pedroza v. PetSmart, Inc. denying class certification of exempt misclassification claims...more

Cal Court of Appeal Hands Sheppard Mullin a Victory - Affirms Denial of Class Certification in an Expense Reimbursement/Uniform...

On November 7, 2012, the First District Court of Appeal published an order affirming the denial of class certification entered in favor of Sheppard Mullin’s client, Wet Seal, Inc, in a case alleging that Wet Seal forced its...more

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