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Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

Hope for Employers: Court Says Home Health Aides Can’t Bring Collective Action

Courts have been quick to allow one employee claiming to be due overtime to sue on behalf of others in the same job category by certifying a collective action, allowing that employee to represent the class and requiring the...more

FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that...more

Class Decertification: Delayed Gratification or Justice Denied?

Ah, class decertification in district court…the rarely glimpsed, late-harvest victory that comparatively few class action defense counsel can claim to have tasted. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District...more

Northern District of California “Shuts Out” Minor League Ballplayers’ Experts

Minor league baseball players took a swing at class certification, and they missed—badly. In Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., minor league baseball players across the country asserted wage and hour...more

July 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Four of the five independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases reported below from July 2016 illustrate how companies continue to fail to structure, document, and implement a business’s IC relationships in a manner that...more

Are Professional Athletes Covered Under New Overtime Rules?

Last week, a federal district court judge in California declined to certify a collective action claim by minor league baseball players who alleged they had not been paid overtime as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Federal court certifies class of franchisee’s employees to pursue ostensible agency claims against franchisor: three takeaways

In Ochoa, et al. v. McDonald’s Corp. et al.,[1] the United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently certified a class of more than 800 current and former employees of a McDonald’s franchisee in...more

Class Action Roundup: Spring 2016

Welcome to the second 2016 edition of Class Action Roundup! The first quarter of the year witnessed a few key Supreme Court decisions, even with the passing of Justice Scalia, and several settlement cases decided. The issue...more

May 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

TELECOM SALES AND MARKETING AGENTS GAIN CERTIFICATION IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLASS ACTION. A New York federal district court grants conditional certification of a proposed FLSA nationwide collective action brought against...more

Ninth Circuit Roundly Supports Time Punch Rounding

The Ninth Circuit this week blessed an employer’s policy of rounding employee time punches to the nearest quarter hour, affirming summary judgment in favor of the company on an employee’s challenge to the rounding policy...more

Court Insures Allstate Against Unsound Trial Plan Mayhem

Allstate Insurance Company “insured” a major victory last week in an off the clock class action pending in Los Angeles Superior Court, vindicating employers’ argument that plaintiffs cannot simply intone the magical...more

Advising On Their Own: Financial Advisors’ Class Claims Defeated

Employers have a new tool for opposing conditional and class certification of overtime claims by financial advisors and other exempt employees—last week, a judge in the District of New Jersey denied conditional and class...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2016

Where the (Class) Action Is - This issue of Roundup wraps up 2015 with another slate of interesting cases spanning industries and subject matter. The running theme of ascertainability is now stretching into antitrust...more

Supreme Court Stops Short of Bright-Line Rule Regarding Statistical Evidence in Class Actions

On March 22, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. For those unfamiliar with the case, Tyson Foods is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case that involved an alleged failure to pay...more

SCOTUS OKs Statistics to Establish Class Action Liability with Limits, Leaves Open Uninjured Class Member Question

Plaintiffs can count the first class action decision to be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Scalia as a win; although, they did not receive broad authorization to proceed carte blanche, as some had...more

Recent Decisions in Class Actions Mixed Bag for Uber, Lyft

It was a mixed bag on the litigation front for Uber and Lyft last week following a string of decisions in class action lawsuits against these companies. On Tuesday, April 5, the Ninth Circuit granted Uber’s petition to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Representative Statistical Evidence to Establish Class-wide Liability in Tyson Foods Overtime...

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed a $2.9 million judgment in a class action for unpaid overtime wages against Tyson Foods Inc. (Tyson) in which employee class members relied on...more

New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Gawker Intern Case

Litigation Over Interns Dries Up Internship Opportunities - The natural and probable consequence of litigation over unpaid internships was that such opportunities would disappear because the risk of litigation for even...more

Supreme Court Affirms Limited Use of Representative Evidence in Don-Doff Class

In 6-2 decision, the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a jury verdict in Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo but declined to impose a broad rule for use of representative evidence. On March 22, the US Supreme Court affirmed...more

Tyson Foods Supreme Court case: What Human Resources and Labor & Employment Practitioners Need to Know

Last week’s Quick Study observed that the U.S. Supreme Court in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 2016 WL 1092414 (Mar. 22, 2016) decided the class-certification issues on fairly narrow grounds. Specifically, “representative...more

Supreme Court Affirms Class Certification and Judgment Predicated upon "Representative Evidence"

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision permitting class plaintiffs to rely on "representative" or "sample" evidence to satisfy the prerequisites to class certification and certain elements of their claims. ...more

The Supreme Court Charts a Narrow Course in the Use of Statistical Evidence at Class Certification

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, --- S. Ct. ---, 2016 WL 1092414 (U.S. Mar. 22, 2016), as to when a plaintiff may use statistical sampling in seeking to certify a...more

Lessons from the Supreme Court: Do Not Settle for Average, Keep Exceptional Time Records

As we have reported several times before, much litigation has been directed at exposing and litigating the uncertainties posed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the area of donning (i.e., putting on) and doffing...more

Questions About Delivery Drivers’ Employee/Independent Contractor Status Preclude Commonality and Predominance Findings

A New Jersey district court denied certification of a putative class of furniture delivery drivers and helpers employed by various transportation companies (the “Driver/Helpers”) and individuals who owned those transportation...more

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