State Classes Rejected In Citizens Financial OT Suit

Law360, New York (June 9, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday declined to certify Pennsylvania and Massachusetts opt-out classes in an overtime pay suit brought against Citizens Financial Group Inc. by assistant branch managers, who previously won certification of a federal opt-in class.

U.S. District Judge Gary L. Lancaster's ruling marked something of a setback for the two named plaintiffs, Justin Bell of Monroeville, Pa., and Keith Costanza of Boston, because the certification of classes under their states' wage laws could have exponentially expanded the liability faced by the bank, which...
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