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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

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

Supreme Court Ruling on Employee’s Lawsuit Will Also Affect Rule 23 Class Action Cases

In a decision that has broad implications beyond its labor law context, the U.S. Supreme Court held on April 16, 2013, that an employee plaintiff in a collective action whose individual claim was mooted by her employer’s...more

Supreme Court Rules FLSA Class Action Properly Dismissed For Mootness

On April 16, 2013, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a collective action brought by a worker under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was properly dismissed because...more

Supreme Court Rules Dismissal Of FLSA Collective Actions Are Appropriate When Individual Claim Is Rendered Moot

On April 16, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the concept that a wage and hour collective action brought pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), can be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction when the...more

Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk - Class Actions Are Fundamentally Different From Collective Actions

The FLSA establishes federal minimum-wage, maximum hour, and overtime guarantees that cannot be modified by contract. Section 16(b) of the FLSA gives employees the right to bring a private cause of action on their own behalf...more

Delaware Supreme Court Allows Opt-Out Right in Securities Case Certified on Equitable Grounds

In In Re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation, No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the lower Court of Chancery and ruled that a large holder of Celera Corporation (“Celera”) shares...more

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Settlement of Class Action Deal Litigation

In the final days of 2012, the Delaware Supreme Court resolved an appeal arising out of class action litigation concerning the sale of Celera Corporation to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. The litigation was settled by agreement of...more

In re Celera Corp. S’holder Litig., No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s certification of a class representative in a breach of fiduciary duty action, even though the class representative sold its stock in the...more

Update: The Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Genesis HealthCare v. Symczyk

On December 3, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Genesis HealthCare v. Symczyk, 656 F.3d 189 (3d Cir. 2011), cert. granted 80 U.S.L.W. 3512 (U.S. June 25, 2012) (No. 11-1059). As explained in a...more

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