Ex-Starbucks Baristas Denied Cert. In Tip-Sharing Suit

Law360, New York (October 1, 2009, 6:02 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has denied former Starbucks Corp. baristas' bid for class certification in a suit claiming the coffee giant violated Minnesota state law by forcing them to pool their tips weekly with other baristas and management.

Judge Patrick Schiltz of the U.S. District Court of the District of Minnesota denied the baristas' bid for class certification Wednesday, ruling that the interests of certain class members are opposed to the interests of others.

Starbucks' tip-sharing system — which entails pooling tips for a week and evenly...
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