By Gerald L. Maatman Jr. and Howard M. Wexler

Discovery battles in high-stakes employment discrimination class actions are costly, contentious, and oftentimes can serve as a “game changer” that alters the entire landscape of a case.  A recent decision from Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV in Chen-Oster, et al., v. Goldman, Sachs & Co.

120px-US_DC_NorCal_svg.pngBy Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Laura J. Maechtlen

As our blog readers may remember, the fourth amended complaint filed by plaintiffs in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 3:01-CV-02252 (N.D. Cal.), alleges class-based gender discrimination claims very similar to those originally alleged (before plaintiffs suffered their defeat before the U.S. Supreme Court in

600px-US-DeptOfLabor-Seal_svg(8).pngBy Alex S. Drummond and William Miles

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, paper, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures,” and provides that no warrant shall issue with probable cause. In a recent decision in Bank of America v. Hilsa

By Alex Drummond and Laura Maechtlen

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), continues to find its way into briefing for the nuts and bolts of many class actions. The latest is a discovery dispute in Artis, et al. v Deere & Co., Case No. 10-CV-5289 (N.D.

By Kari Levine and Laura Maechtlen

In a ruling on April 25, 2011, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District in Starbucks v. Superior Court (Lords), No. G043650 (Cal. App. Apr. 25, 2011) [link to ruling], overturned a trial court’s order allowing a fishing expedition to find class representatives

WCA2011.jpgThe year just ended was a seismic one for employment-related class action litigation, paving the way for more far-reaching judgments, court rulings, and changes to class action law in 2011. Furthermore, in 2010, the value of major employment discrimination class action settlements increased four-fold over the prior year and the top ten settlements of wage

WCA2011.jpgSeyfarth Shaw’s 2011 Workplace Class Action Report is coming soon! The report is the sole compendium in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to workplace class action litigation. Our loyal readers can expect to receive their copy in several weeks, with rulings and case law developments reviewed and analyzed through December 31, 2010.

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