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By Rebecca Bjork and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. Workplace class action litigation poses enormous risks for employers. For those that play out the string and go all the way down the road to a remedies phase, an award for plaintiffs of over $128 million is a head-line grabber. While it might be a stretch...
Seventh Circuit Signals Potential Shift In Law For Job Transfers As A Reasonable Accommodation In EEOC-Initiated Litigation
By Christopher DeGroff and Annette Tyman On March 7, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of a case brought by the EEOC challenging the reasonable accommodations guidelines implemented by United Airlines, Inc. (“United”) in Equal...
We wanted to take a short break from our regular blogging as congratulations are in order. Our colleagues in Seyfarth's Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group have authored the first-of-its-kind treatise on wage & hour litigation. The book, titled "Wage & Hour Collective and Class...
When Wine And Roses Backfire: Court Contemplates Disciplinary Action Following Post-Settlement Reimbursement Request By Plaintiffs' Class Action Lawyers
By Chris Palamountain and Brian Wong The availability of attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses is a prime motivator for the plaintiffs’ employment class action bar, and Plumbers Union Local No. 12 Pension Fund v. Ambassadors Group Inc., No. CV-09-214-JLQ, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26232...
By Christopher DeGroff and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. It’s that time of the year again. On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 12:00pm Central / 1:00pm Eastern, Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Christopher DeGroff, co-chairs of the firm’s Complex Discrimination Litigation group, will host an...
By Christopher DeGroff and Matthew Gagnon Rulings over EEOC administrative enforcement subpoenas are increasing. It’s a manifestation of the EEOC's aggressive strategy in expanding systemic investigations, and of employers resisting those efforts. On February 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
EEOC Escapes Fee Award (For Now) In The Eighth Circuit, But Suffers Significant Blow To Its Investigation And Conciliation Tactics
By Christopher DeGroff and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit gave the EEOC a potential reprieve from a stunning $4.467 million fees and expenses award this past week in EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc., Case Nos. 09-3764, 09-3765 &...
By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer Riley As we have noted in multiple posts (here and here) the plaintiffs' class action bar has been increasingly focused on re-booting their class action stratagems in the wake of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011). One of these retooled...
By Chris Palamountain and Esteban Shardonofsky Searches for mysterious creatures are hot again. We used to have to satisfy our curiosity by flipping through tabloids while waiting to pay for groceries or logging on to Wikipedia to stay up to date on the latest appearance of man-ape, alien, or the...
EEOC's Bifurcated Discovery And Punitive Damages Gambit Rejected In Race Discrimination Pattern Or Practice Case
By Christopher DeGroff and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. On February 1, 2012, Judge William Lawrence of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana gave employers an added boost in combating a common EEOC litigation tactic in pattern or practice cases. Judge Lawrence’s decision in...