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Calif. High Court Ruling Changes Class Action Landscape

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The California Supreme Court could have been channeling Mark Twain when it rejected, emphatically, the unbridled use of statistical sampling to prove...more

California Supreme Court Gives Employers Added Protection Against Wage-and-Hour Class Actions

Today, the California Supreme Court issued its latest and long-awaited arbitration decision, Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC. On the one hand, Iskanian concluded that class action arbitration waivers are...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses FLSA’s Public Agency Volunteer Exception, But Withholds Comment on Private Sector...

For the first time the Second Circuit Court of Appeals tackled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s public agency volunteer exception. In Brown v. New York City Board of Education, the Court outlined the contours of the exception...more

California Employers Catch One of Those Rare Wage and Hour Class Action Breaks From the California Supreme Court

Sometimes California employers do get a win when battling in the minefield of California’s wage and hour laws. So California employers, please pause to rejoice in this moment because you know you may not get another one for a...more

Employment Law - June 2014

Appellate Court Tosses Employee’s Seating Suit - Why it matters: An employer won a rare victory in a suitable seating case when a California appellate court affirmed summary judgment in a suit brought by a sample...more

California Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Class Certification

In its Duran decision, the court emphasized that trial courts considering class certification must determine whether the case is manageable as a class action. On May 29, the California Supreme Court issued its decision...more

You need to prove your case: California Supreme Court confirms wage-and-hour defendants have right to argue individualized defense...

Class action trials have long been the bogeyman no one talks about in California. Parties had to address whether a class action was “manageable” before it was certified, but because the vast majority of class actions never...more

A New Dawn for California Class Actions

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The California Supreme Court could have been channeling Mark Twain when it rejected, emphatically, the unbridled use of statistical sampling to prove...more

California Supreme Court (!) Issues Strong Pro-Defense Wage and Hour Class Action Decision

“Depending on the nature of the claimed exemption and the facts of a particular case, a misclassification claim has the potential to raise numerous individual questions that may be difficult, or even impossible, to litigate...more

Try, Try Again: The California Supreme Court Sends “Fundamentally Flawed” Duran Case Back To The Trial Court

Employment class action defendants in California who were hoping for an unequivocal statement that statistical sampling has no place in class actions are likely to be disappointed by today’s ruling in Duran v. U.S. Bank, N.A....more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 180

In This Issue: - Franchisor Uses Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy To Obtain Control Over Infringing Domain: A franchisor whose trademark was being infringed in a domain name recently obtained...more

District Court Applies Gulf Oil To Restrict Issuance Of Arbitration Agreements To Prospective Class Members

Drivers brought a putative class action suit against Uber Technologies (“Uber”), the licensor of a software application used to connect drivers for hire with passengers, alleging that Uber failed to remit to drivers the full...more

Tech Titans Settle Wage Antitrust Case

As often happens in the vicinity of courthouse steps, the high-profile Silicon Valley hiring antitrust class-action lawsuit has settled, pending court approval. In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation originally pitted...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claims

Is there a statute with a better acronym than RICO? The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, apart from its great acronym, has been both a great success and a tool for misuse. We don’t often see RICO...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

New York Employers – 2013 Year in Review and Looking Ahead to 2014

“Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits.” While the author to this famous New Year’s quote remains unknown, that certainly doesn’t make it any less true, including for employers. We hope that,...more

Interns: Unpaid and Unprotected?

As we have previously mentioned, issues relating to unpaid interns continue to be a hot topic. In the wage law arena, disenchanted former interns have brought a string of well-publicized class action lawsuits against their...more

Certification of Meal Break Employment Class Affirmed By Ninth Circuit

In Abdullah v. U.S. Security Associates Inc., the Ninth Circuit held that the district court did not abuse its discretion by certifying a meal break subclass, defined as all past and present employees who (a) worked more than...more

Detroit District Court Certifies Antitrust Class of Registered Nurse

What is the right compensation for a particular job? That’s the question virtually every employer must face. Pay too little, and the employer may not be able to fill a position or must settle for less than the best...more

Intern Class Actions on the Rise

The rise in unpaid internships has led to an equally significant uptick in litigation brought by interns demanding compensation for performing the same work as paid employees. And the interns are winning....more

The Continuing Saga Of Unpaid Workers & Misclassification Issues

Worker misclassification continues to be an issue at the forefront of today's workplace....more

Restricting The Activities Of California On-Call Employees May Mean Having To Pay Them For Their Time

Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., No. B240519 (July 3, 2013): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that employees need to be compensated for “on-call” hours if the employer substantially...more

Further Down the Rabbit-Hole we go: California’s Troubling Treatment of Incentive-Based Compensation Systems

On July 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court denied review of the Second Appellate District’s decision in Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 257 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Mar. 6, 2013), which addressed...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Employee Pay Cards

The use of pay cards (i.e. prepaid payroll debit cards) to pay employee wages has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks. One current controversy over pay cards stems from a class action lawsuit filed against a...more

Wal-Mart Continues Winning Streak In Regional Class Actions

Female workers have sued Wal-Mart in a number of cases around the country, following the Supreme Court ruling in 2011 rejecting a nationwide class action. These new regional cases often make the same allegations of...more

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