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Arizona District Court Rejects Joint Employer Arguments in Independent Contractor Case Alleging Misclassification of Truck Drivers

A month ago we discussed the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Ruiz v. Affinity Logistics Corp., Case No. 12-56589 (9th Cir. June 16, 2014), in which the employer treated its delivery drivers as employees in everything but name,...more

More Good News for California Employers Who Utilize Employee Arbitration Agreements

On the same day the California Supreme Court upheld an arbitration agreement containing a class action waiver in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, LLC, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld employment...more

California Supreme Court Issues Favorable Decision for Employers in Duran v. U.S. Bank

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Duran v. U.S. Bank. In a significant victory for employers, the Court unanimously agreed to overturn a $15 million judgment in a wage and hour class action...more

An Update on "Overtime" Class Actions

Since 2012, “overtime” class actions have been successfully certified in Ontario but were limited to certain areas. Recent additional certification success suggests we are likely to see more such claims. At a basic...more

Thinking about Hiring Interns? New Case Reminds Employers of Rules on Interns

Following similar decisions involving Hearst Corporation and Viacom, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently granted conditional certification of a potential nation-wide class of approximately 3,000...more

Rebuking “Trial by Formula,” Federal Court Decertifies Rule 23(b)(3) Class Action

In Stiller v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 3:09-cv-2473-GPC-BGS, Plaintiffs Eric Stiller and Joseph Moro alleged that Costco’s loss-prevention closing procedures effectively “forced” employees to work off-the clock without...more

Federal Court Dismisses Overtime Claims Brought by Contractor Employee Working in Kuwait

On April 28, 2014, a Massachusetts federal court granted dismissal of a proposed class action alleging that Raytheon violated Kuwaiti law by failing to pay overtime to employees working in Kuwait on federal defense contracts....more

California District Court Rejects Overtime Settlement Over $50,000 Incentive Awards

Large incentive awards continue to jeopardize class action settlements. We wrote on February 14 about recent cases in which Circuit Courts rejected settlements due to disproportionate incentive awards. A recent case from the...more

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

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