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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Agency Charges

    More than 500 lawsuits have been filed challenging vaccine mandates in some fashion. These are likely just the tip of the iceberg, however, as there are no doubt thousands of such complaints lurking “beneath the surface,” in the form of agency charges and alternative avenues for resolving disputes. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission One of the... Continue Reading…
    March 13, 2022
  • Government Vaccine Mandates

    Executive Orders and Federal Rulemaking In addition to challenges to individual employer-imposed mandates, a wave of lawsuits have sought to invalidate Biden Administration efforts to increase the nation’s vaccination rate. These include President Biden’s executive orders for federal contractors (EO 14042) and U.S. government employees (EO 14043), Department of Defense (DOD) vaccine mandates for military... Continue Reading…
    March 13, 2022
  • Class Action Trends Report Winter 2022

    In this issue of the Class Action Trends Report, Jackson Lewis attorneys look back at class action developments in 2021, including COVID-19 vaccine mandate litigation, significant procedural decisions, wage and hour suits, and the continuing rise of cases brought under the California Private Attorneys General Act and Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, among other litigation trends. Continue Reading…
    February 23, 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