Appellate Decision Is Mixed In Lufkin Bias Case

Law360, New York (February 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a long-litigated case, an appeals court has affirmed, vacated and remanded parts of a district court's $3.4 million decision in favor of black employees who claim that Lufkin Industries, Inc. discriminated against them.

The class action, first brought in 1997, involves hundreds of plaintiffs who allege they were adversely affected by the Texas-based company's practice of delegating assignment and promotion authority to its managers.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part and remanded...
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