Calif. Judge Decertifies Dispatcher OT Class, Citing Duran

Law360, Los Angeles (October 14, 2015, 5:51 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Tuesday rescinded class certification for over 360 ambulance dispatchers alleging American Medical Response Inc. shorted their wages, saying their plan to rely exclusively on statistical sampling to prove classwide wrongdoing at trial falls short under the state high court's Duran v. U.S. Bank decision.

AMR had urged Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu M. Berle to grant decertification of the 368 call-takers and dispatchers on their claims that AMR and American Medical Response of Southern California improperly "rounded" their pay rate, failed to provide accurate wage statements and failed to provide meal breaks. AMR argued that while...

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