Judge Nixes Punitives In AT&T Overtime Class Action

Law360, Los Angeles (May 12, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday tossed what the defense said was essentially a claim of punitive damages in a putative class action alleging AT&T Mobility Services LLC failed to pay sales managers overtime.

Calling the claim for conversion — the civil law version of theft — “a transparent effort to claim punitive damages” which are otherwise not allowed in wage and hour litigation, attorneys for AT&T moved to dismiss the cause of action. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu agreed and granted the defense's motion....
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