Individual Settlements Kill PAGA Claims: Calif. Panel

By Vin Gurrieri (January 2, 2018, 9:05 PM EST) -- Workers who settle individual claims alleging violations of California labor law lack standing to subsequently pursue claims they bring in the same suit under the state's Private Attorneys General Act, a state appellate court has ruled, upholding the dismissal of PAGA claims brought against a restaurant operator.

A three-judge panel for the Second Appellate District affirmed a 2016 ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kenneth R. Freeman awarding summary judgment to Reins International California Inc. on PAGA claims brought by employee Justin Kim, who had previously settled his individual claims accusing his employer of wage and hour violations.

The panel...

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