Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report: Significant State Law Class Action Rulings

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Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report: Significant State Law Class Action Rulings


Maatman, Gerald L., Jr., Labor Law Journal


Seyfarth Shaw LLP is pleased to offer readers of the Labor Law Journal an excerpt from the 2007 Edition of Seyfarth Shaw's Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, featuring significant state law class action rulings. A copy of the full report is available by contacting gmaatman@seyfarth.com.

Our Annual Report analyzes the leading class action and collective action decisions of 2007 involving claims against employers brought in federal courts under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 ("Title VII"), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), the Employee Retirement Income security Act ("ERISA"), and a host of other federal statutes applicable to workplace issues. The Report also analyzes class action and collective action rulings involving claims brought against employers in all fifty state court systems, including decisions pertaining to employment laws, wage & hour laws, and breach of employment contract actions. The key class action and collective action settlements over the past year are also analyzed, both in terms of gross settlement dollars in private plaintiff and government-initiated lawsuits as well as injunctive relief provisions in consent decrees. Finally, the Report also discusses important federal and state court rulings in non-workplace cases which are significant in their impact on the defense of workplace class action litigation. In total, there are 503 decisions analyzed in the Report.

The cases decided in 2007 foreshadow the direction of class action litigation in the coming year. One certain conclusion is that employment law class action and collective action litigation is becoming ever more sophisticated and will continue to be a source of significant financial exposure to employers well into the future. Employers also can expect that class action and collective action lawsuits increasingly will combine claims under multiple statutes, thereby requiring the defense bar to have a cross-disciplinary understanding of substantive employment law as well as the procedural peculiarities of opt-out classes under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the opt-in procedures in FLSA and ADEA collective actions.

This report represents the collective contributions of a significant number of our colleagues at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. We wish to thank and acknowledge those contributions by Richard L. Alfred, Lorie Almon, Raymond C. Baldwin, James L. Banks, Brett C. Bartlett, Edward W. Bergmann, William M. Brown, Rob J. Carty, Jr., Mark A. Casciari, John L. Collins, Ariel Cudkowicz, Catherine M. Dacre, Christopher J. DeGroff, Gilmore F. Diekmann, Jr., Brigitte Duffy, William F. Dugan, Brenda H. Feis, Noah A. Finkel, Michael Gallion, Timothy F. Haley, David D. Kadue, Lynn Kappelman, Thomas R. Kaufman, Raymond R. Kepner, Mary Kay Klimesh, Ronald J. Kramer, Richard B. Lapp, Kari Erickson Levine, Sam T. McAdam, Richard P. McArdle, John F. Meyers, Ian H. Morrison, Jim M. Nelson, Camille A. Oison, Andrew Paley, Kate Perrelli, Thomas J. Piskorski, George E. Preonas, David Ross, Jeffrey K. Ross, David J. Rowland, Fred L. Sanderson, Fredrick T. Smith, Diane M. Soubly, Edwin Sullivan, Kenneth D. Sulzer, Joseph S. Turner, Tim M. Watson, Robert Whitman, Thomas Wybenga, and Kenwood C. Youmans.

Our goal is for this Report to guide clients through the sticky thicket of class action and collective action decisional law, and to enable corporate counsel to make sound and informed litigation decisions while minimizing risk. We hope that you find the Seyf arth Shaw Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report to be useful.

Gerald L. Maatman, Jr./General Editor

Co-Chair, Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP

OVERVIEW OF THE YEAR IN WORKPLACE CLASS ACTION LITIGATION

The plaintiffs' employment bar filed and prosecuted significant class action and collective action lawsuits against employers in 2007. …

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