FedEx Worker MDL Claims Should Stay Separate: 7th Circ.

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 7:50 PM EST) -- The Seventh Circuit on Thursday blocked FedEx Ground Package System Inc.'s efforts to reverse a decision by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation that separated different complaints alleging the company misclassified certain workers as independent contractors to avoid paying them overtime.

The appeals court said the JPML was correct to adopt the decision of the presiding judge in the consolidated action. He had chosen to remand a group of as-yet-unresolved suits to their originating courts, rather than make a blanket ruling on all of the...
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