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A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.

The Washington Supreme Court Addresses Meal Break Claims

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court case Brady v. Autozone recently addressed the standards that apply when a non-exempt employee alleges that an employer did not provide meal breaks. In short: it is now clear that if a lawsuit is...more

Allegations of Misclassification Are Insufficient to Demonstrate Commonality and Typicality According to California Court of...

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held that misclassification alone does not establish liability for overtime violations, and, thus, the fact that members of a putative class were classified as exempt was...more

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

Wage/Hour — Washington Supreme Court — Two Recent Tips Regarding Meal Break Liability

What happens in Washington when your employee fails to take a meal break? Is the employer “strictly liable” for a statutory wage/hour violation? NO....more

Class Arbitration: Contractual “Crickets” Are Sufficient for Ninth Circuit to Determine That Class Arbitration Is Permitted,...

When is “silence” in an arbitration clause concerning class arbitration not “Stolt-Nielsen silence”? And what is the difference between a “claim” and a “procedure”? The Ninth Circuit seemingly took hair-splitting to a new...more

The War Between PAGA and Arbitration in California Continues - This Time Employers Win

by Carlton Fields on

Employers finally won a key victory in California courts in the continuing conflict between mandatory arbitration/class waiver agreements versus representative actions brought under the California Private Attorneys General...more

Is Your Parental Leave Policy Discriminatory?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Still think only moms are the primary caregivers for children? That ’50s era mindset is the subject of an ACLU charge of discrimination recently filed with the EEOC claiming that JPMorgan Chase’s parental leave policy...more

Article: July 2017: Class Action Litigation Update

Tyson Foods One Year Later—Representative Evidence in Class Actions. Last year in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 136 S. Ct. 1036 (2016), the Supreme Court endorsed use of representative evidence to establish liability in a...more

Nutter Bank Report, July 2017

CFPB Arbitration Rule Will Prevent Firms From Blocking Class Action Lawsuits - The CFPB has approved a new rule that will prohibit banks and other covered providers of certain consumer financial products and services from...more

California Supreme Court Expands PAGA Plaintiffs’ Access to Statewide Discovery of Employee Contact Information

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of discovery available under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). In Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA,...more

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in October on Enforceability of Employment Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

In January, we reported that the Supreme Court granted review of three conflicting Court of Appeal decisions to settle the question of whether an agreement requiring that employees resolve employment-related disputes through...more

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

Illinois Class Actions Spark New Attention For Biometric Data Applications

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Capturing the time employees’ work can be a difficult business. In addition to the complexity involved with accurately tracking arrival times, lunch breaks, overtime, etc. across a range of federal and state laws (check out...more

Certification Of Alleged Misclassified Bakery Distributors Denied Due To Predominance Of Individualized Issues

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Class certification would have been granted in Soares v. Flowers Foods, Inc., 3:15-cv-04918 (N.D. Cal., June 28, 2017), but for the allegedly misclassified independent contractors’ decision to deliver, or not deliver, the...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

California Supreme Court Expands Scope of PAGA Discovery

by Reed Smith on

On July 13, 2017, in a decision with serious repercussions on the scope of PAGA discovery, the California Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals in Williams v. Superior Court to allow state-wide discovery of Marshalls...more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

Court Says Uber Drivers Can Proceed With National Misclassification Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court judge in North Carolina last week granted permission to a group of Uber drivers challenging the company’s classification structure to band together and proceed with a class action lawsuit against the...more

Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls): California Supreme Court to Allow Broad Discovery in PAGA Cases

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that plaintiffs need not demonstrate good cause to discover contact information of other allegedly aggrieved employees in an action brought pursuant to the Private...more

Washington Meal Breaks

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court held that an employer is not strictly liable under Washington law for an employee who voluntarily waives his or her meal break. The court also held that, once an employee has asserted a prima face...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Massachusetts District Court Denies Certification for Claims of Unpaid Meal Breaks

by BakerHostetler on

It has become almost part of the plaintiff playbook to bring wage and hour claims despite lawful employer policies by claiming some sort of “class-wide” policy of deviating from those policies. Sadly, this tactic works at...more

Class Action Suits Against Massachusetts Car Dealers on the Rise

by Mintz Levin on

Spurred by a recent change in a Massachusetts wage and hour regulation, plaintiffs’ attorneys are aggressively pursuing class action lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime premium pay on behalf of car salespeople across the...more

Unanimous California Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Plaintiffs to Discover Employee Contact Information - Williams v. Superior...

by Carlton Fields on

In a big blow to employers, the California Supreme Court unanimously held today that plaintiffs and their lawyers must be given access to companywide employee contact information—including addresses and phone numbers—at the...more

Newly Adopted “Freelance Isn’t Free” Rules Rife with Preemption Issues Under FAA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Regulatory rules issued in connection with New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act seek to prohibit arbitration of claims under the Act and class action waivers in contracts covered by the law. U.S....more

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