Batali Group Servers Win Initial Cert. In Tip Action

Law360, New York (May 11, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Monday granted conditional certification to a class of waitstaff working at eight restaurants owned by Mario Batali in a suit accusing the celebrity chef of skimming a share of each night's wine sales from the tip pool.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Holwell granted the conditional certification to plaintiffs covering all eight restaurants partially owned by Batali and his partner Joseph Bastianich, despite the defendants' bid to limit the class to tipped employees at the five restaurants at which the...
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