By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Alex S. Oxyer, Andrew D. Welker

Seyfarth Synopsis: After over a decade of litigation between the EEOC and trucking company CRST Van Expedited, the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a federal district court’s order requiring the EEOC to pay $3.3 million in attorneys’ fees to CRST for pursuing claims that it knew or should have
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250px-US-CourtOfAppeals-8thCircuit-SealBy Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Michael L. DeMarino

Seyfarth Synopsis:  After thirty-three former employees who signed release agreements requiring individual arbitration of ADEA claims collectively sued their employer for age discrimination, the employer moved to compel individual arbitration. The District Court denied the company’s motion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed because it
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supreme courtSeyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to defend high-stakes litigation. Rulings by the Supreme Court in 2016 were no exception.

Is The Supreme Court Pro-Worker Or Pro-Employer?

Over the past decade,
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moneyBy Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christina M. Janice, and Alex W. Karasik

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc.

Involving the largest fee sanction award ever levied against the EEOC – nearly $4.7 million –  EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. may be one of the most important
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moneybagBy Gerald L. Maatman Jr., Christopher DeGroff, Christina M. Janice, and Alex W. Karasik

As we recently blogged here, EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. is an important case on the Supreme Court’s docket that employers absolutely need to monitor.  At issue is whether attorneys’ fees are appropriate in instances where the EEOC failed to satisfy
Continue Reading “We Don’t Want To Pay $4.7 Million” – EEOC Files Its Supreme Court Brief in CRST Fee Sanction Case

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Alexis P. Robertson

On June 20, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a district court’s dismissal of a request by the NFL Players’ Association and several NFL players (collectively, the “Association”) to set aside and reopen an earlier Stipulation and Settlement Agreement with the National Football League (“NFL”).
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By Gerald L Maatman Jr. and Howard M. Wexler

In a highly anticipated decision issued yesterday in one of the EEOC’s most high profile cases, Chief Judge Linda R. Reade of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa ordered the EEOC to pay $4,694,442.14 in attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs in the case of EEOC v. CRST
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Eighth Circuit Seal.jpgBy Jennifer A. Riley and Jason P. Stiehl

In a much-anticipated decision involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), the Eighth Circuit in Nack v. Walburg, Case No. 11-1460 (8th Cir. May 21, 2012), reversed a grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant and remanded the proceeding, along the way questioning, but not ruling upon, the

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Thumbnail image for SupremeCourt.jpgBy Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer A. Riley

Today, in its first significant class action ruling of 2013, Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, No. 11-1450 (U.S. Mar. 19, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the reach of the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) when it unanimously rejected plaintiff’s attempt to keep a class action in state court

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Thumbnail image for SupremeCourt.jpgBy Christopher DeGroff and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

The explosive ruling in EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc., 670 F.3d 897 (8th Cir. 2012), in which the Eighth Circuit reversed and remanded the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa’s order that sanctioned the EEOC a whopping $4.5 million, is easily a contender for our “Top 5

Continue Reading The EEOC Declines To Ask The Supreme Court To Hear EEOC v. CRST