By: Gina R. Merrill, David B. Ross, and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a decision with farreaching implications for workplace class actions, the D.C. Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification of a Rule 23(b)(3) class on the grounds that the proposed class contained uninjured class members in

th2H4JI06DSeyfarth Synopsis:  African American pipefitters filed a class action against their labor union based on its allegedly discriminatory system for referring jobs to union members.  Despite the fact that third-party employers retained sole discretion in deciding whether to hire a union referral, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found that such

School desk with pencil and appleBy Christopher M. Cascino and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

In Chicago Teachers Union, Local No. 1, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO v. Bd. of Educ. of the City of Chicago, Case No. 14-2843 (7th Cir. Aug. 7, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court decision we discussed

By Rebecca S. Bjork and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

After Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), class action litigants are re-booting their theories in employment discrimination class actions. The stakes are high and the legal theories are novel in these workplace class actions, especially when an employer’s decision-making processes –

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

In a well-reasoned and very important decision for all class action practitioners, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled in Rodriguez, et al. v. National City Bank No. 11-8079 (3d Cir.  Aug. 12, 2013), that a District Court did not abuse its

wdpa.jpgBy Anthony Califano and Lynn Kappelman

On April 12, 2013, a federal judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania issued an order striking Plaintiff’s class claims in Semenko v. Wendy’s International. Inc., No. 12-CV-00836 (W.D. Pa. April 12, 2013). Specifically, the Court held that Semenko’s purported class-wide disability discrimination claims did not satisfy Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(a)

120px-US_DC_NorCal_svg.pngBy Courtney Bohl and Laura J. Maechtlen

We previously blogged about Judge Charles R. Breyer’s September 21, 2012 Order denying Wal-Mart’s motion to dismiss the fourth amended complaint in the continuing saga of Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 3:01-CV-02252 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2012). In the September 21 Order, Judge Breyer refused to

mortgage contract.jpgBy Lynn Kappelman and Chris Palamountain

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has joined a growing chorus of courts willing to apply the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), beyond the employment class action context. In Barrett v. Option One Mort. Corp., Case