Distinct PAGA Labor Claims Can't Be 'Stacked,' 9th Circ. Told

Law360, Los Angeles (March 5, 2013, 6:50 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit wrestled Tuesday with the precedent-setting question of whether civil penalties for alleged wage-and-hour violations, sought by Chase Investment Services Corp. employees under California's Private Attorney General Act, can be "stacked up" to meet the $75,000 threshold for federal jurisdiction.

A former Chase financial advisor who filed the PAGA suit argued to the appeals court that the underlying injuries and claims of the plaintiffs are “separate and distinct,” triggering a rule that bars aggregating claims to reach the federal jurisdictional threshold. A trial judge...
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