Astellas Drug Reps Get Initial Class Cert. In OT Case

Law360, San Diego (October 27, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday gave initial certification of a collective action alleging the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Astellas Pharma Inc. misclassified current and former pharmaceutical representatives as exempt from overtime pay.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley III granted conditional certification of the Fair Labor Standards Act action against Deerfield, Ill.-based Astellas Pharma US Inc., finding that named plaintiff Jesus Raimundi was able to show that he and other sales representatives nationwide held the same general job description and had been exempted from overtime...
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