Bimbo Foods Can't Shut Down Distributor Class Action

Law360, New York (November 28, 2011, 8:05 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Monday rejected Bimbo Foods Bakeries Distribution Inc.'s attempt to dismiss or transfer a putative class action that claims distributors were denied benefits after being illegally characterized as independent contractors instead of company employees.

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang acknowledged that two other suits making similar claims against BFBD were filed in Pennsylvania and North Carolina federal court before the present case, and that all three cases are seeking to assert a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards act and...
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