Starbucks Presses For Cert. Denial In Calif. OT Action

By Liz McKenzie (September 24, 2009, 4:27 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Inc. is aiming to snuff out a putative class action alleging that the company doesn't allow employees at its California stores to take proper meal breaks, preemptively asking a federal judge to deny class certification.

The coffee giant filed a motion for denial of class certification Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, prior to the plaintiff's filing for class certification.

Named plaintiff Summer York has until Oct. 16 to file a motion for class certification.

"Because a robust evidentiary record proves the impropriety of class treatment of York' s break claims, the court should...

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