Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk

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Supreme Court to Decide Two Cases Addressing Important Class and Collective Action Issues

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases during its Fall 2015 term that could further transform the wage and hour class action landscape. We briefly discuss those two cases below. Gomez: The Effect of Rule 68...more

Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Issues Involving Settlement Offers to Named Plaintiffs, Statistical Sampling and Class Member...

I’ve been delayed a bit in reporting on this, but the October 2015 term of the U.S. Supreme Court is shaping up to be a blockbuster one for class action law. Perhaps even bigger than the October 2010 term, which brought us...more

2015 Promises to Bring Further Clarity to Whether Defendants Can Moot Class Actions by Mooting the Claims of Named Plaintiffs

The new year is off to a busy start, and it appears 2015 will bring additional Circuit-level clarity to an issue the Supreme Court left open in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013): whether an offer of...more

To Be Or Not To Be: Mooting Rule 23 Class Actions Through Rule 68 Offers of Judgment

The use of Rule 68 offers of judgment to moot the claims of plaintiffs in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action context has received much attention recently as the courts consider defendants’ use of this...more

Class Action Defense Counsel adding ‘The Pick Off’ to Their Playbooks

In recent years, we’ve noticed a new maneuver that class-action defense counsel have increasingly added to their playbooks: The Pick Off. This is how the play is run: Offer the named plaintiff(s) full relief through a Rule...more

To Offer or Not to Offer: Post Genesis, Uncertainty Continues Regarding the Impact of Rule 68 Offers of Judgment in the Class...

Hit with a putative consumer class action? One of the first questions that should be considered is whether to make an offer of judgment to the named plaintiff(s). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 permits a defendant to...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

Labor Letter, September 2013: Employers Go "Two For Two" – Three Times Over: A Review Of The 2012-13 Supreme Court Term

Looking back at the recently-completed 2012-2013 Supreme Court term, employers should have reason to feel good about how things turned out. In fact, of the six major decisions that impact employers and can be categorized in...more

A Review Of The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 Term

As the United States Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term drew to a close at the end of June, commentators observed a continuing gradual but perceptible shift to the right by the Court. The Roberts Court is generally viewed as...more

Employers Are Provided Additional Ammunition To Defend FLSA Collective Actions

We have understood for many years that early assessment and action can help resolve claims by current and former employees. The Supreme Court recently provided employers with additional ammunition with which to derail, or...more

Can "Mooting" a Class or Collective Action Be a Sound Defense Strategy?

Procedural rules that govern lawsuits in federal court permit defendants to make an “offer of judgment,” which is a mechanism allowing a defendant to offer to settle a lawsuit....more

Employment Law -- May 22, 2013

Welcome to the first installment of our bi-monthly employment newsletter. Every two weeks we will highlight recent court decisions and upcoming legislation that impact California employers. We hope you will find the content...more

Pick Off the Plaintiff? Rule 68 Offers of Judgment Gain Significant Importance Following New Supreme Court Decision

Last month, the United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) provided an unexpected gift to entities facing collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by holding that defendants may moot such a case by making...more

Federal Rule 68 and FLSA Collective Actions

In Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), the Supreme Court of the United States last month ruled that an offer of judgment, which the parties agreed was sufficiently generous to satisfy the sole...more

Man-to-Man Defense Clears Court: Early Judgment Offers Will Satisfy Named Plaintiff's Claims…For Now

In its recent decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, the U.S. Supreme Court aided employer efforts to "pick off" named plaintiffs in collective actions for unpaid wages brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2013

Kenneth Hatai sued his employer (CalTrans) and his supervisor (Sameer Haddadeen), alleging discrimination based on his Japanese ancestry and the fact that he was not of Arab ancestry like Haddadeen. The case was tried to a...more

“Picking Off” Plaintiffs in FLSA Collective Actions: Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk

Earlier this month in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it is permissible for defendants to “pick off” plaintiffs in FLSA collective actions. In jurisdictions that...more

Recent Supreme Court Decision Highlights Some Pitfalls of Federal Appellate Procedure

Rarely do dissenting Justices advise practitioners to ignore a majority opinion. But, because the five-Justice majority in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, No. 11- 1059, 569 U.S. __ (2013), assumed without deciding an...more

Employers May Be Able to “Pick Off” Named Plaintiffs in FLSA Collective Actions

In its April decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, the U.S. Supreme Court buttressed employers’ efforts to “pick off” named plaintiffs in collective actions for unpaid wages brought under the Fair Labor Standards...more

United States Supreme Court Confirms that a Timely and Properly Worded Offer of Judgment May Moot a Collective Action

Last week, the United States Supreme Court confirmed what we informed readers of in our Employment Class Action Blog on February 21, 2011, "A timely and properly worded offer of judgment may moot a collective action and...more

Supreme Court Holds That "Mere Presence" Of FLSA Collective-Action Claims Cannot Save A Lawsuit Where Named Plaintiff's Individual...

Some good news for employers. In a recent 5-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held that collective-action claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are moot when the named plaintiff has no continuing personal...more

Genesis Healthcare v. Symczyk: Nearly as Many Questions as Answers

When the petition for certiorari in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk was granted, it appeared that the Supreme Court was poised to resolve a clear split in the Circuits about the permissibility of “pick off” moves, at...more

The Supreme Court Holds That Employers Mooting Named Plaintiff's Claim Also Moot FLSA Collective Action

On April 16, 2012, in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, No. 11-1059, the Supreme Court held that when a FLSA plaintiff's claim becomes moot prior to a conditional certification of a collective action, the entire action...more

Supreme Court Rules That Offer of Judgment to Named Plaintiff Could Moot FLSA Collective Actions

In its April 16, 2013 ruling in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symcyzk, No. 11-1059, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that once the claim of a named plaintiff in a Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") collective action has been...more

Offers of Judgment in FLSA Collective Actions: Another Tool for Wage & Hour Claims

Last week, while most of us were focused on the events in Boston, the U.S. Supreme Court came down with a notable decision last week involving a wage & hour class action (it’s actually called a “collective” action, but for...more

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