Court Says Atty Tried To Derail OT Class Settlement

Law360, New York (June 18, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A California appeals court has affirmed a trial court's ruling sanctioning a lawyer who urged members of a settlement class in an employee overtime lawsuit against Vitamin Shoppe Industries Inc. to opt out and join him in his similar lawsuit.

Tuesday's published ruling, in the Court of Appeal of the State of California, affirmed a state trial court's finding against attorney Jeffrey Spencer but erased more than $11,000 in associated financial penalties against him.

In 2005, after a California trial court conditionally certified a class for...
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