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Eighth Circuit Decides That Arbitration Agreements Cover ADEA Collective Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel...more

Competition class actions off to a slow but steady start

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The first judgment on class certification for competition class actions has been issued by the Competition Appeal Tribunal. The judgment will reassure potential defendants, as the Tribunal demanded greater rigour from the...more

Pipeline Inspectors Denied Conditional Certification Due To Named Plaintiff’s Inadequacy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Regretfully, to my lights, conditional certification seems all too easy for plaintiffs in a FLSA collective action to secure. Are things changing? A federal judge has refused to certify a proposed class of natural gas...more

Sheppard Mullin Secures Major Victory for Chipotle in Nationwide Misclassification Action By Demonstrating Variations Among...

The Court’s opinion in Scott v. Chipotle Mexican Grill demonstrates how employers can successfully combat class action claims that employees were misclassified as exempt. The successful defense of the class certification...more

New York Court Delivers Denial Of Certification In Papa John’s Drivers’ Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court in Durling, et al. v. Papa John’s International, Inc., Case No. 7:16-CV-03592 (CS) (JCM) (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2017), recently denied Plaintiffs’ motion for conditional certification...more

The Other Shoe Drops (sort of): The Third Circuit Issues a Ruling on Class Arbitrability

In 2010, two employees filed a claim against their former employer, Robert Half International, Inc., alleging that it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In addition to individual claims, the plaintiffs brought a...more

[Webinar] Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series - The California Class Action - March 14th, 2:00p.m. EST

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The employment law landscape continues to be dominated by Workplace Law class actions. Jackson Lewis attorneys are defending hundreds of class and collective actions all over the country. Tapping into that experience, this...more

Class Certification Trends For 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: This is the fifth installment of our blog series on key trends for workplace class action litigation in 2016. In terms of the sheer number of rulings, a significant trend saw wage & hour class action and...more

When Off-the-Clock Isn’t Off-the-Clock: The Seventh Circuit Considers Employees’ Arguments that Employer Violated the Fair Labor...

Remember that collective action that the Chicago police officers filed complaining that they weren’t paid overtime for checking their BlackBerrys off duty? Well, the cops lost at trial and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Are Class Action Waivers Enforceable?

by Carlton Fields on

The Supreme Court granted petitions for certiorari in three lawsuits challenging the legality of arbitration agreements that bar workers from pursuing class actions. The Court consolidated the cases, Murphy Oil USA Inc., Epic...more

CBAs Must Specifically State Intent to Arbitrate Statutory Rights

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal has held that unless a collective bargaining agreement includes an explicitly stated, clear and unmistakable, intent to waive the right to a judicial forum for statutory causes of...more

The Story Behind Workplace Class Action Filings In 2016 – Trend #4

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As profiled in our Workplace Class Action Report for 2017, overall complex employment-related litigation filings increased in 2016 insofar as employment discrimination cases were concerned, but decreased in the areas of ERISA...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

Supreme Court to Hear Class-Action Waiver Arguments in its October 2017 Term

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As our regular readers already know, the Supreme Court is poised to decide one of the most contentious issues facing the wage-and-hour world—namely, whether class- and collective-action waivers render workplace arbitration...more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait? Supreme Court Delays Class Waiver Decision Until Next Term

by Fisher Phillips on

A Full Complement Of SCOTUS Justices Bodes Well For Employers - When the U.S. Supreme Court announced several weeks ago it would settle a dispute about whether employers can use mandatory class action waivers with their...more

What 2016 Workplace Class Actions Filings Suggest Employers Are Apt To Face In 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Workplace class action filings were flat overall and even decreased as compared to levels in 2015. However, that is apt to change in 2017. In the 4th in a series of blog postings on workplace class action...more

NLRB's General Counsel Issues Memo on Arbitration Issue Pending at Supreme Court

by Littler on

As a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari and address the dispute over whether class and collective action waivers are lawful in an arbitration agreement, many employers have asked whether similar...more

The Gorsuch Nomination: The Return of the Business Friendly Court?

Assuming Judge Gorsuch's confirmation, the Court will add a Justice with extensive commercial litigation experience, a particular expertise in antitrust and securities law, and a track record on the bench that demonstrates a...more

The Story Behind Class Certification Statistics In 2016 And What It Means For Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In the third post of our series on workplace class action issues, this blog posting focuses on the statistical study of class certification rulings throughout the Unites States in 2016. Not unlike real estate, location – in...more

Who is Neil Gorsuch and Where Does He Stand on Labor and Employment Issues?

by Littler on

President Donald Trump has promptly nominated a potential successor—Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s unexpected death nearly a year ago. Since Scalia’s death, the High Court...more

Fourth Circuit Pronounces Joint Employer Test Under FLSA - Employment Law Update

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On Jan. 25, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over North and South Carolina, issued an opinion in a collective action wage and hour case setting forth a six-factor test for determining whether...more

[Webinar] Class Actions and Complex Litigation Webinar Series - The Wonderful World of Wage and Hour - Feb. 14th, 2:00p.m. EST

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The employment law landscape continues to be dominated by Workplace Law class actions. Jackson Lewis attorneys are defending hundreds of class and collective actions all over the country. Tapping into that experience, this...more

Arbitration Is Back on the Docket: The Supreme Court to Review the Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The United States Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in a trio of cases—Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, No. 16-285; Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, No. 16-300; and NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA Inc., No. 16-307—to decide on a...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Validity of Class Action Waivers

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the validity of class action waiver clauses in employment arbitration agreements to resolve a conflict among the federal appellate courts. As our firm has explained in prior blog...more

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