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FLSA Class Action Case Against Dollar Tree Goes Forward

The Case - On March 7, 2014, Judge Raymond Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied Dollar Tree’s motion for de-certification of a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action case...more

Fifth Circuit Delivers Crippling Blow to Controversial NLRB Class Action Waiver Theory

Arbitration is generally supposed to be faster, cheaper, and more predictable than litigation. Homebuilder D.R. Horton, like many other employers, certainly believed this when, in 2006, it began requiring employees to sign...more

The Rise of Employment Class Actions?

As we discussed in an earlier blog post, a class action alleging BMO Nesbitt Burns failed to pay overtime to its current and former investment advisors was certified in August 2013. Rosen is the first certified class action...more

New Mass Termination Claim Certified in Ontario

On January 2, 2014, Justice Perell certified a class action alleging that, among other things, a group of over 500 putative class members had been wrongfully dismissed by their former (now insolvent ) employer. Justice...more

California Courts Deny Certification In Wage and Hour Cases Based On Claim That Employer “Should Have Known” Of Unpaid Time

Back in October, we reviewed a number of California cases that, for the most part, denied certification in cases in which certification would have largely been a foregone conclusion only a few years ago. The first few days of...more

Are Your Non-Exempt Employees Properly Compensated for All of Their Work Time?

Employers are continuing to be bombarded by collective or class action lawsuits filed by their non-exempt employees for alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and similar state wage and hour laws. Many of...more

Strippers’ Suit Alleges They Are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

In a purported class action, Jessica Mason et al. v. Fantasy LLC et al., five adult dancers have sued the Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club in Colorado federal court for misclassifying them as independent contractors, alleging they...more

Court Rules That Employer's Unpaid Interns Are Actually Employees Covered By Wage And Hour Laws; Certifies Class Action Filed On...

A federal District Court in New York recently ruled that production interns who worked on the set of the movie “Black Swan” are actually employees for minimum wage and overtime purposes, and certified a wage and hour class...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

UniTek Argues $3.8M FLSA Award Cannot Stand in Light of Seventh Circuit Decertification Decision

In a recent motion filed in Monroe v. FTS USA, LLC, No. 2:08-cv-02100 (D.E. 441-1), defendants Unitek USA, LLC and its subsidiary, FTS USA, LLC, (collectively “UniTek”) asserted that a $3.8 million judgment awarded to a class...more

Supreme Court denies banks’ appeal in overtime class actions

Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada denied CIBC and Bank of Nova Scotia leave to appeal the decisions against them in the overtime class actions. In June 2012, the Court of Appeal for Ontario certified class actions...more

Nationwide Chain of Gyms Agrees to Pay Substantial Wage and Hour Settlement

24-Hour Fitness, a nationwide chain of fitness centers, recently agreed to pay nearly $17.5 million to settle a class action suit filed on behalf of trainers and managers who claimed that they were misclassified as exempt...more

Ohio District Court Denies Conditional Certification In FLSA Case

We’ve commented before that while most courts apply a fairly lenient standard at the “conditional certification” phase of Fair Labor Standards Act collective action litigation, plaintiffs tend to have a harder time in...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Individualized Damages Preclude Certification

On Monday, February 4, the Seventh Circuit decided Espenscheid v. DirectSat, Inc. The decision is notable for two holdings. First, Judge Posner held, rather summarily, that there is no good reason to distinguish certification...more

The Seventh Circuit Affirms That The District Court Bit Off More Than It Could Chew By Affirming Decertification In Collective...

Hollywood certainly believes that it’s often easier to reach back into the well than to spend time creating something new. (See, e.g., any movie series that has more than one sequel.) Sometimes, we here at the Employment...more

Plaintiffs Must Offer "Significant Proof" Of A Common Policy Or Practice To Satisfy Commonality Under Rule 23 Post-Dukes

On January 28, 2013, Hon. George King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order in Pedroza v. PetSmart, Inc. denying class certification of exempt misclassification claims...more

The Gentry Test On Enforceability Of Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements Remains Good Law In California

Franco v. Arakelian Enterprises, Inc., No. B232583 (Cal. App. 2d, November 26, 2012): In a recent decision by the Second Appellate District of California, the court held that the multifactor test set forth by the California...more

Eastern District Of New York Approves FLSA Notice That Includes Plaintiff’s Law Firm’s Website

Kemper v. Westbury Operating Corp., 12-cv-0895 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 18, 2012): The plaintiff, a former housekeeper, alleged that the defendant failed to pay overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Standard For Final Certification Of FLSA Collective Actions

In Zavala v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2012 WL 3217522 (3d Cir. August 9, 2012), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the standard for final certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),...more

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