Collective Actions

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Adopt an arbitration program that covers class, collective claims

In all the hoopla over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision last week, it may have been lost that the Court refused to review a circuit court decision compelling arbitration in a collective action under the Fair Labor...more

Tips to Help Avoid Class Action Litigation

Taking advantage of recent case law developments can assist financial institution employers in avoiding and/or minimizing their exposure to class and collective action litigation. For example, courts have become increasingly...more

Court Approves FLSA Settlement that Extinguishes Related State Law Claims

When an employer settles a collective action lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), may the settlement agreement also include a release of any rights to overtime pay which the plaintiffs may have under state law?...more

Fifth Circuit Denies NLRB Petition to Review D.R. Horton. What It Means for Employers...

The decision affects every employer with an arbitration agreement and every employer that wants to avoid class and collective actions, which should be all of them....more

United Kingdom and European Union Continue Push Toward Private Actions

There have been two recent developments in the expansion of private antitrust actions in the United Kingdom and the European Union. First, the United Kingdom continues to push toward opt-out collective proceedings for...more

Collective Action Waiver Client Alert

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a class action waiver in an arbitration clause, compelling employees who had attempted to bring a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act to...more

Employer’s Attempt To Avoid Ongoing Collective Action By Forcing Potential Plaintiffs To Sign Arbitration Agreements Fails

In the past year, if I wrote about “FLSA” and “arbitration” in the same post, it likely meant that another federal court had found employers can include class action waivers in their employment contracts without violating the...more

Eleventh Circuit Agrees Employees Can Waive FLSA Collective Action Rights

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has become the fifth appellate court to hand down a victory for employers in the fight over enforceability of class action waivers. The court ruled that an arbitration...more

SCOTUS Will Not Reconsider Fate Of Delaware’s Business Arbitrations; NLRB’s Class Action Arbitration Decision Loses Again

SCOTUS announced today that it would not review the Third Circuit’s decision in Strine v. Delaware Coalition for Open Government, Inc, holding that Delaware’s Chancery Court could not offer its judges’ services as neutral...more

In The Year 2525, If Man Is Still Alive, If Woman Can Survive, They May Find Limited Liability Worker Cooperatives

In 1886, then Senator Leland Stanford introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to authorize the formation of cooperative worker associations in the District of Columbia. In an interview with the New York Tribune shortly...more

NLRB Takes D.R. Horton One Step Further While the Ninth Circuit Upholds Its Contrary Decision

On January 17, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board Judge Lisa D. Thompson concluded that an agreement that did not prohibit class or collective action still violated Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations Act...more

Are Unions Targeting Adjunct Faculty?

Adjunct faculty members are taking collective action in record numbers. Over the past year, higher education has seen unionization campaigns at universities in major metropolitan areas, including at Tufts University, Bentley...more

D.R. Horton on Steroids: NLRB Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Without Class Waiver

As reported previously here, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) in D.R. Horton, Inc., 357 NLRB No. 184 (2012), held that requiring employees to enter into an arbitration agreement containing a...more

Woolworths redundancy appeal referred to ECJ

Alan Chalmers, a Partner in our Sheffield office comments: the Court of Appeal decided yesterday to make a reference to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the controversial Woolworths/Ethel Austin collective redundancy...more

Collective Redress Likely to Become a Reality in Belgium

The Belgian Government has today submitted a draft federal bill on collective redress for approval in the parliament. If passed, it will introduce collective redress into Belgian legislation for the first time. It will also...more

NLRB ALJ Says That Under D.R. Horton, Actions Speak As Loudly as Words

A few weeks ago, we posted about the Fifth Circuit’s decision in the D.R. Horton case and the NLRB’s doctrine of non-acquiescence. As you will recall, in D.R. Horton, the NLRB held that an employer violates the right of...more

California District Court Disqualifies Class Counsel for Conflict of Interest

Is more of a good thing a better thing? In some contexts, not, as reflected by a recent case from the Northern District of California. In Lou v. Ma Laboratories, Inc., Case No. C 12-05409 WHA (N.D. Cal. Jan. 8, 2014), the...more

The Fate Of Hollywood Internship Programs May Rest With The Second Circuit

Former interns used to get revenge against their employers by writing tell-all blog posts and memoirs. Now, they’re lending their names to plaintiffs’ lawyers, who then file wage-and-hour class or collective actions alleging...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2013

This month we look at part two of our three part series on Class Actions. In part two, Robert Rachal, Page Griffin and Madeline Chimento Rea address Wal-Mart's Rule 23(b) principles, including some defenses to plaintiffs' use...more

Class Action Waiver in Arbitration Agreement Survives NLRA Challenge

Finding the National Labor Relations Board failed to give appropriate weight to the Federal Arbitration Act, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Board decision invalidating an arbitration agreement that...more

Rule 68 Offer That Excludes Individual Claim Does Not Moot Putative FLSA Collective Action

The recent decision in Silva v. Tegrity Personnel Svcs., Inc., Case No. 4:13-cv-00860 (S.D. Tex. 12/5/2013), suggests that some district courts haven’t fully embraced the Supreme Court’s holding in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v....more

As the Class Waiver Turns — The Latest in the D.R. Horton Saga

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, marked the latest turn in the D.R. Horton saga. On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s (the Board’s) January 3, 2012 ruling in the D.R. Horton...more

Is US-style class action litigation coming to the EU? European Commission calls for collective redress mechanisms in EU national...

The European Commission is calling for European Union member states to introduce an injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanism to their national procedural rules by July 26, 2015. In many respects, the concept...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Employer's Directed Verdict Based On FLSA Outside Sales Exemption

The plaintiff in Reyes sought to bring an FLSA collective action against the defendant on behalf of himself and other similarly situated “sales brokers” that the defendant employed. The sales brokers were responsible for...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds The Validity Of Class-Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

Earlier this week, on December 3, 2013, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that arbitration agreements lawfully can contain class-action waivers. In its ruling in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the...more

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