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Starbucks Wins Challenge To $105M Barista Award

Law360 (June 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A California appeals court has overturned a judge's order that Starbucks Corp. reimburse its baristas more than $105 million in tips the coffee giant had doled out to shift supervisors, saying the company's tip-allocation policy did not break any state laws.

In a ruling Tuesday, California's Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal said San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett was wrong to find that Starbucks had violated the Unfair Competition Law when it allowed supervisors in its 1,350 California stores to take a cut of...
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