Judge Reverses Self, Says State Wage Claim Not Preempted

Law360, New York (February 3, 2012, 3:02 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge on Thursday reinstated a state wage law claim brought by a putative class of poultry processors against JCG Industries Inc. and Koch Meat Co. Inc., overturning his earlier decision that the claim was preempted by federal law.

U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. dismissed the plaintiffs' Illinois Minimum Wage Law claim in May. He had ruled that the claim related to unpaid wages, which fell within the purview of the workers' collective bargaining agreement with their employers and was preempted by...
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