Calif. Appeals Court Reinstates Farmers Wage Class Action

Law360, Los Angeles (October 30, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT) -- A California state appeals court revived a wage-and-hour class action Monday against Farmers Insurance Exchange, finding the company's alleged policy of denying pay for pre-shift work would satisfy predominance requirements needed for class certification.

Reversing a lower court decision denying certification, the appeals court said the alleged policy presented an issue of commonality that superseded the varying workloads and commute times among 100 current and former claims representatives employed by Farmers in California.

The lead plaintiff in the case, Kwesi Jones, claimed Farmers never compensated any...
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