Calif. Appeals Court Gives Hospital Wage Suit Another Shot

Law360, New York (January 18, 2012, 9:55 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday revived a putative wage-and-hour class action against Pacific Health Corp., ruling the trial court should not have tossed the case based on a denial of class certification in a different suit against the hospital owner.

Citing the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision in Smith v. Bayer Corp., a three-judge panel for the Court of Appeal of the State of California said the trial court had misapplied the doctrine of collateral estoppel — which prohibits parties from relitigating previously decided issues...
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