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Bristol-Myers Decision Applies to Plaintiffs in FLSA Collective Actions, Third Circuit Holds

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., 137 S. Ct. 1773, limiting the scope of a court’s jurisdiction over out-of-state claims, federal courts have grappled with whether the landmark opinion applies to collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. § 216(b). Joining...
August 2, 2022

Class Action Trends Report: All About Arbitration

In this issue of the Class Action Trends Report, Jackson Lewis attorneys discuss recent developments in arbitration and their impact on employment class actions. These include the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021, several impactful U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and the emergence of mass arbitration. Access the latest Jackson Lewis Class Action...
June 30, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Deals Blow to California’s Private Attorneys General Act

Bilateral arbitration agreements governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) may require arbitration of California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims on an individual basis only, the U.S. Supreme Court has held. Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, No. 20-1573 (June 15, 2022). The Court’s decision overrules the California’s Supreme Court decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transp....
June 16, 2022

Universal Health Loses Appeal to Undo 60,000-Person Class in Excessive Fee Case

By Alicia M. Chiu The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that as the plan fiduciary of Universal’s defined contribution plan, Universal Health Services Inc. and its plan investment committee (collectively “Universal”) must face a class action claiming its retirement plan included imprudent investment options charging excessive fees to more than 60,000 participants, even...
June 11, 2022

FAA’s Transportation Worker Exception Covers Airline Ramp Agents, U.S. Supreme Court Holds

Individuals employed as ramp workers who frequently handle cargo for an airline are “transportation workers” exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), the U.S. Supreme Court has held. Southwest Airlines Co. v. Saxon, No. 21-309 (June 6, 2022). Therefore, the employees are not required to arbitrate their wage-hour claims under the FAA, but may still be...
June 8, 2022

California Supreme Court Rules Additional Penalties May Be Recoverable for Meal & Rest Period Violations

A recent decision by the California Supreme Court can result in additional potential liability for employers under the California Labor Code and underscores the importance of meal and rest period compliance. In Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, a class action suit alleging meal period violations, the Court held that extra pay provided to employees for...
May 26, 2022

Supreme Court to Review Fifth Circuit’s Oil Rig “Day Rate” Case

In April 2020, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that paying an employee a set amount for each day that he works (i.e., on a “day rate” basis) does not satisfy the “salary basis” component required to qualify as overtime-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),...
May 2, 2022

Jackson Lewis webinar will offer tips to avoid biometric privacy claims and mitigate exposure

Since 2017, more than 1,500 class action lawsuits have been filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and the cases show no signs of slowing. These claims continue to vex Illinois businesses, and multi-state companies that have operations within Illinois. Several other states have enacted biometric privacy laws, and legislation similar to the...
April 29, 2022

North Carolina federal court holds it lacks jurisdiction over claims of out-of-state opt-ins

In the latest court ruling to address personal jurisdiction over out-of-state opt-in plaintiffs in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions, a federal district court in North Carolina held that it lacked jurisdiction over individuals who did not work for the defendant employer within the state, were not hired in the state, or whose employment with...
April 26, 2022

Class Action Trends Report: A Look Back

For employers, 2021 was a challenging year. The post-election landscape, evolving federal and state law, and the effects of a seemingly endless global pandemic created a difficult business climate. Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 were met with stiff resistance — legal and otherwise; still, employers persist in earnest to maintain their operations safely...
February 18, 2022

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