Allstate Agents Lose Cert. Bid In Labor Contract Fight

Law360, Los Angeles (November 22, 2013, 7:07 PM EST) -- A California federal judge denied certification Wednesday to a class of independent contractors who claim Allstate Insurance Co.'s micromanaging effectively converted them into de facto employees, finding that individualized issues predominated in the insurance agents' contract suit.

U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt decided the putative class of roughly 1,300 agents who worked for Allstate in California between 2008 and 2013 had disparate issues with policies the company allegedly implemented in violation of contractual agreements reached in 1996.

The plaintiffs say the policies, which allegedly included...
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