Bally Workers Can't Pursue Class Action: Judge

Law360, New York (August 12, 2009, 7:49 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has rejected a bid by Bally Total Fitness Corp. employees in California to reverse a bankruptcy court's refusal to allow their wage-and-hour violation claims to proceed against the struggling gym operator.

In a ruling Tuesday, Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed the bankruptcy court's order and denied the plaintiffs' motions to allow a class proof of claim, certify a class action and lift an automatic stay in the company's Chapter 11 case....
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