Swarovski Workers' Forced-Purchase Suit Sent To State Court
By Matthew Heller
Law360, Los Angeles (August 14, 2013, 2:42 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday remanded to state court a putative class action alleging jewelry maker Swarovski North America Ltd. unlawfully forced store employees to buy and wear merchandise, finding the amount in controversy did not exceed the $75,000 threshold for federal jurisdiction.
U.S. District Judge Manuel A. Real agreed with Swarovski employees Jordan Spint and Michel Patrician that their wage-and-hour case, which the company had removed to federal court, belonged back in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit includes a claim that Swarovski failed...