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Certification of Alleged Misclassified Bakery Distributors Denied due to Predominance of Individualized Issues

Class certification would have been granted in Soares v. Flowers Foods, Inc., 3:15-cv-04918 (N.D. Cal., June 28, 2017), but for the allegedly misclassified independent contractors’ decision to deliver, or not deliver, the goods themselves. In Soares, the named plaintiffs sought to represent a class of truck drivers who were paid to distribute baked goods manufactured by … Continue Reading

Department of Justice Changes Stance on Class Action Waivers in Favor of Employers

In a fascinating turn of events, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) switched sides in a critical pending Supreme Court case last Friday. The three consolidated cases—National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. … Continue Reading

ALERT: Senate confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

Today the U.S. Senate approved Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor by a vote of 60-38.  Click here to read more background information on Acosta.  Acosta’s nomination was previously approved by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee by a 12-11 party line vote in March. Chief among the issues awaiting Acosta is … Continue Reading

Judge Decertifies Class Based on Plaintiffs’ Differing Accounts of Their Responsibilities

Those who follow developments in wage and hour class actions know that challenges to the exempt status of assistant managers are quite common. Such cases often hinge on a detailed analysis of the actual job duties performed—with the plaintiffs claiming that the entire class performed little or no managerial work and the employer claiming that … Continue Reading

SUPREME COURT HEARS “CHURCH PLAN” ERISA CLASS ACTION CASES

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the consolidated “church plan” cases, Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, St. Peter’s Healthcare System v. Kaplan, and Dignity Health v. Rollins.  As an initial matter, unless the Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch in the very near future, the case will be decided by an eight-Justice court.  … Continue Reading

DISGORGEMENT CLAIMS CONTINUE TO CONFOUND COURTS IN ERISA CLASS ACTIONS

Courts continue to be split over the availability of disgorgement and “accounting for profits” in ERISA class actions involving in-house investment plans. On March 3, 2017, in Brotherston v. Putnam Investments, LLC, No. 1:15-cv-13825-WGY (D. Mass. March 3, 2017), the court declined to resolve the dispute at the summary judgment stage, allowing the certified class … Continue Reading

Class Action as Defense: Fifth Circuit Rules Pending Class Action Subsumes Class Member’s Duplicative Individual Claim

Employers facing multiple litigations can take solace in the fact that, sometimes, too much of a bad thing can be helpful.  In Ruiz v. Brennan, 16-11061, the Fifth Circuit held that a pending administrative class action subsumed a plaintiff’s attempts to file an arguably duplicative individual claim in a separate action.  As a result, the … Continue Reading

House Approves Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

Last night, the House approved the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act by a vote of 220-201.  To review our post last month detailing exactly how this bill would affect class action litigation, click here.  To review the full statement of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the author of the bill regarding its … Continue Reading

ANOTHER ERISA CHURCH PLAN CLASS ACTION SETTLES

Citing to the “significant uncertainties in predicting the outcome” of their litigation “where the critical issue is pending before the Supreme Court” (oral argument on the scope of ERISA’s church plan exemption is set in three consolidated cases for March 27), Plaintiffs in Butler et al. vs. Holy Cross Hospital, another church plan class action, … Continue Reading

Class Action Fairness Act Author Introduces New Bill That Would Drastically Reform Class Action Litigation

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the author of the Class Action Fairness Act, introduced the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017” last week that would substantially change class action litigation to “assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants.” The House Judiciary Committee approved the bill on February 15th by … Continue Reading

ALERT: United States Supreme Court Delays Oral Argument in Class Action Waiver Cases

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court notified the parties in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307; Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285; and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. 16-300 that the cases will be heard in October 2017. Jackson Lewis has represented Murphy Oil USA … Continue Reading

Are You Ready for Some Football? A Pocket Playbook for HR Managers Navigating Competitive Recruiting

The Patriots, Falcons, and . . . class actions? Just five days before Super Bowl LI, the intersecting crosshairs of antitrust and employment law class actions zeroed in on its latest target: the National Football League. On January 31, 2017, a former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers filed a putative class action in the … Continue Reading

ALERT: United States Supreme Court Agrees to Review Class Action Waiver Cases

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA, Case No. 16-307, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, Case No. 16-285 and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris, Case No. 16-300, consolidating them for argument. The three cases present the question whether class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements … Continue Reading

ALERT: Former EEOC General Counsel to Join Outten & Golden LLP’s New Office

David Lopez, who served as General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for six years and served the EEOC in various capacities for approximately 25 years, is joining Outten & Golden LLP on January 1, 2017, in its new Washington, D.C. office.  He will join the firm as a Partner, and his practice will … Continue Reading

Significant Proposed Amendments to FRCP Rule 23 Likely Pending Conclusion of Public Comment Period

Earlier this year, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules submitted proposed amendments to a number of Rules, including Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 (which governs class actions), and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comments.  The proposed amendments, advisory committee reports, and … Continue Reading

11th Circuit Holds Rule 23 Class Actions Can Proceed In Same Suit As FLSA Collective Actions

In a case for minimum wage and overtime claims, the Eleventh Circuit joined the D.C., Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in holding that a state-law Rule 23 class action may be maintained in the same proceeding as a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action.  Calderone, et. al. v. Scott, No. 2:14-cv-00519-JES-CM (11th Cir. … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Fall 2016 Now Available

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundreds of … Continue Reading

Think A Class Is Certified? Not So Fast…. Second Circuit Affirms Decertification of Class Even After Jury Verdict, Overturning Jury Award

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that district courts can decertify a class after a jury verdict but before entry of final judgment.  In Mazzei v. Money Store, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12994 (2d Cir. July 15, 2016), the appellate court affirmed the United States District Court for the Southern … Continue Reading

Middle District of Florida Finds Certification of FLSA Collective Action and Rule 23 Class Action Claims To Be Inconsistent

In a case for overtime compensation, the Middle District of Florida (Fort Myers Division) held that plaintiffs’ claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 were “mutually exclusive and irreconcilable.” Tamera Goers, et. al. v. L.A. Entertainment Group and Amer Salameh, No. 15-cv-412-FtM-99CM (Aug. 25, 2016). Contending they … Continue Reading
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