Dukes Dooms Class In WinCo Meal Break Suit

Law360, New York (January 5, 2012, 1:49 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to certify a class of WinCo Foods LLC employees who claim they were denied meal breaks, finding that the workers lack commonality under the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Wal-Mart Inc. v. Dukes.

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt denied the plaintiffs' motion to certify a class of hourly employees at the grocery chain's California locations, saying the evidence presented could not meet the standard laid out by the Supreme Court that the commonality requirement is satisfied only if...
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