9th Circ.’s Chase Ruling To Trigger More PAGA Suits
By Erin Coe
Law360, San Diego (March 17, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit held last week that Chase Investment Services Corp. can’t rely on the Class Action Fairness Act to remove wage-and-hour claims brought under California’s Private Attorney General Act to federal court, a ruling that lawyers say restricts employers’ ability to boot PAGA cases from plaintiff-friendly state courts and could fuel more PAGA lawsuits.
The three-judge panel found Thursday that the federal district court didn't have jurisdiction over former Chase employee Joseph Baumann’s removed PAGA suit under CAFA. While CAFA says that suits brought under statutes...