9th Circ. Says Calif. PAGA Suits Not Federal Class Actions

Law360, Los Angeles (March 13, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday sent a wage-and-hour suit brought by Chase Investment Services Corp. employees under California’s Private Attorney General Act back to state court, upending a district court ruling in a precedent-setting decision that splits the California suits from federal class actions.

The three-judge panel ruled that Joseph Baumann’s suit against his former employer belonged in state court, reversing a district court’s decision to keep it federal under the Class Action Fairness Act, which determines that suits brought under similar statutes to Federal Rules...
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