Valspar Can't Decertify Managers' Misclassification Suit

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal judge Thursday refused to decertify a group of managers who sued Valspar Corp. over allegations the paint maker misclassified them as overtime-exempt, saying the employees had enough in common for the case to continue as a collective action.

U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle brushed aside arguments by the coating manufacturer that each of the team territory managers’ work varied widely and that the company's defense strategy would make handling the case on a classwide basis unmanageable.

"Plaintiffs’ affidavits, responses to interrogatories and deposition...
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