class action news

Employment Law360, New York - Jesse Greenspan

Drugstore chain Duane Reade Inc. has agreed to fork over $3.5 million to settle a pair of class actions that accused it of failing to pay overtime wages to its assistant store managers.

Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

Lawsuit alleges Mazer's sudden closure violated the WARN act, a federal law requiring advance notice of plant closing or mass layoffs. - Margaret Cronin Fisk

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, will pay as much as $640 million to settle 63 federal and state class actions claiming the company cheated hourly workers and forced them to work through breaks.

The Minnesota Lawyer - Nora Lockwood Tooher

As the recession deepens and layoffs mount, attorneys representing both former employees and management report a surge in layoff-related legal activity.

USA Today Chicago - Judy Keen, Julie Appleby and Marilyn Adams

Apolinar Cabrera spent Sunday holed up inside the Republic Windows & Doors factory, joining a protest by dozens of workers angered by the abrupt closure of the plant Friday that left hundreds without jobs, severance pay or health insurance.

The Wall Street Journal - Ianthe Jeanne Dugan

When Archway & Mother's Cookie Co. told employees in an October letter it would "go out of business immediately," some workers frantically sought medical care while they believed their insurance would still cover the costs.

Twice in recent weeks, Uber Technologies Inc. saw legal settlements rejected, including a $100 million deal to end labor practice claims, in decisions that serve as a stark reminder that judges aren’t going to just rubber-stamp settlements in class actions. Outten & Golden LLP partner Justin M. Swartz is quoted.