Wash. U. Says 27,000-Worker ERISA Class Is Too Big For Cert.

By Alexis Shanes (May 11, 2021, 4:56 PM EDT) -- Washington University in St. Louis urged a Missouri federal judge Tuesday not to certify a class of 27,000 current and former workers in a suit accusing the school of mismanaging their retirement savings, saying the scope of the proposed group is too expansive.

In a memorandum opposing class certification, Washington University and its board of trustees said the three plaintiffs raised too many individual-level questions to proceed as a class and made a "paltry showing" of evidence on the four certification requirements.

In their June 2017 complaint alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Latasha Davis, Jennifer Elliott and...

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