7th Circ. Ruling Raises Bar For FLSA Class Cert.

Law360, New York (February 7, 2013, 8:59 PM EST) -- A recent Seventh Circuit decision upholding the decertification of a class of DirectSat USA LLC satellite technicians bringing wage-and-hour claims will make it harder for plaintiffs both to win and to keep class certification in Fair Labor Standards Act cases, attorneys said Thursday.

The ruling, penned by U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner and handed down Feb. 4, affirmed a Wisconsin federal court's decertification of a class of more than 2,000 DirectSat technicians, concluding the case would be unmanageable for trial. In refusing to reinstate the...
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