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Class Action Trends Report Fall 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter work lives in profound ways, employers are confronted with additional liability risks. The pandemic has created a wave of litigation that is unlikely to ebb until well after the unprecedented public health crisis recedes. In this issue, Jackson Lewis attorneys discuss the risks of WARN Act litigation among the … Continue Reading

Denying Motion for Conditional Certification, Court Says FLSA Notice and Opt-In Process Is Not A Discovery Device

The District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to conditionally certify a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) acknowledging that although the bar for conditional certification of a FLSA collective action is low, “it is not this low.”  Sanchez v. JMP Ventures, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14980 (S.D.N.Y. … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis California Employment Class Action Summit, Feb. 26, 2014, The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

On February 26, 2014, Jackson Lewis will host its California Employment Class Action Summit at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CA.  Experienced Jackson Lewis class action litigators will present on a variety of topics including: Developing the Initial Defense Strategy Reviewing the Complaint Early Strategic Considerations Key Strategies in Defeating Class & Collective Certification in Employment Litigation Viability and … Continue Reading

Employer Defeats FLSA Conditional Certification of Nationwide Class Of Former Gym Employees Limiting Class To Include Only Those Employees Who Worked in Gym’s South Texas Region

Given the lenient standard of proof required of plaintiffs, experienced wage and hour attorneys agree that employers, in most jurisdictions, fight an uphill battle when trying to defeat conditional certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  When an employer cannot completely defeat a motion for conditional certification, the next best option is to … Continue Reading

SDNY Certifies for Immediate Appeal Its Ruling That Fox Searchlight Interns Were “Employees”

In the spring of 2010, Nancy Leppink, then-acting administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division sent shock waves throughout the employer community and inspired the plaintiff’s wage and hour bar when she told the New York Times “[i]f you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to … Continue Reading

Motion for Conditional Certification Denied When Plaintiff’s Evidence Consists of Unsubstantiated Observations and Hearsay

Supermarket clerk asserting that she and others similarly situated had been denied overtime pay as a result of a time-shaving policy wherein her employer allegedly deducted one hour per day for lunch breaks while she and others were only provided 30 minutes for such breaks was denied conditional certification of her wage and hour claim under the Fair Labor … Continue Reading

SDNY Denies Class And Collective Certification In Pair Of Off-the-Clock Wage and Hour Cases

Generally speaking, certifying an off-the-clock wage and hour class action is quite difficult as the following two consolidated cases in the District Court of the Southern District of New York illustrate.  Personal bankers who sought to bring such an action against Wells Fargo and Wachovia Bank (acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008) were unable to show that they were subjected to … Continue Reading

Chauffeur Transportation Company Defeats Conditional Certification of Class of Drivers Alleging Wage-Hour Violations under the FLSA

Because of a lenient standard of proof imposed on plaintiffs by most courts, employers rarely are successful at defeating motions for conditional certification, the first step of the two-step opt-in class certification process for collective allegations of wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  So when an employer does defeat such a motion, it is newsworthy and must be … Continue Reading

Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Individual FLSA Claim, Notwithstanding Recent SCOTUS Ruling

A Rule 68 offer of judgment affording complete relief to two named plaintiffs and one opt-in plaintiff does not moot the plaintiffs’ individual claims in an action for overtime compensation pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and parallel provisions of the N.Y. Labor Law (“NYLL”) , a federal court ruled on Monday.  Velasquez v. … Continue Reading

District Court Grants Hearst Interns’ Motion for Appeal to Second Circuit

Former unpaid interns at the Hearst Corp. may have their denial of class certification reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  The District Court of the Southern District of New York (Judge Harold Baer, Jr.) granted the interns’ motion to certify the court’s opinion and order of May 8, 2013 denying class … Continue Reading

Exotic Dancers, Other Gentlemen’s Club Employees Denied Conditional Certification

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (Judge Susan Webber Wright) denied a FLSA 216(b) motion for conditional certification by seven former employees of a strip club in Jacksonville, Arkansas who filed a putative class and collective action against the club’s owners and managers alleging that they had been improperly classified as independent contractors … Continue Reading
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