GE Escapes Class Cert. In Technician's OT Case

Law360, New York (February 20, 2013, 3:10 PM EST) -- A Missouri federal judge on Tuesday rejected a former General Electric service technician's bid for conditional collective action certification in an overtime case, finding that the plaintiff hadn't established that any illegal GE policy or decision affected the proposed nationwide class.

U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied former GE service technician David Settles' Sept. 28 motion for certification, noting that while the burden for obtaining conditional certification in Fair Labor Standards Act cases is lenient, “it is not invisible.”

“The Court finds that for purposes of...
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