Class Action MVP: Proskauer's Elise Bloom

Law360, New York (December 14, 2012, 3:19 PM EST) -- Proskauer Rose LLP partner Elise Bloom beat back class certification for client Lorillard Tobacco Co. Inc. in a wage-and-hour action by sales representatives in a case that had ramifications for the entire tobacco industry, earning Bloom a spot among Law360's Class Action MVPs.

In that case in the Middle District of Alabama, tobacco sales representative James Pickering wanted to represent a nationwide class of fellow sales representatives who he said were misclassified under the Fair Labor Standards Act as overtime-exempt. The case was one of the...
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