No Class Requirements for PAGA: Calif. High Court

Law360, New York (June 29, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Dealing a resounding blow to employers in California, the state’s high court has affirmed a ruling that exempts plaintiffs from class action requirements when seeking civil penalties on behalf of other employees under the Private Attorneys General Act.

The Supreme Court of California unanimously backed the appeals court Monday, holding that the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 expressly empowers individual employees to bring representative actions for Labor Code violations without meeting the criteria for class actions.

The respondents-defendants, Angelo Dairy and other parties...
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