Court-Sanctioned Notice In Collective Actions?

Law360, New York (February 12, 2010, 1:37 PM EST) -- Twenty years ago, the Supreme Court’s decision in Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. v. Sperling, 493 U.S. 165, 110 S. Ct. 482 (1989) received little fanfare because it seemingly related to an arcane procedural issue applicable only to federal “collective actions.”

The court held that, when some individuals sue their employer in a collective action, the district court may facilitate notice of the lawsuit being sent to other individuals who have not sued, but who may be eligible to join the lawsuit.

In retrospect, Sperling was significant for two...
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