Big Lots' Ohio Attys Wrongfully DQ'd From Calif. Wage Fight

By Kevin Penton (November 23, 2020, 9:30 PM EST) -- A California appellate court has vacated the disqualification of several Ohio attorneys representing Big Lots in an overtime pay dispute, determining that a state court jumped the gun by revoking their temporary admission to work on the putative class action after they solicited current and former employees.

Rather than disqualify the Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP attorneys, the San Diego County Superior Court could have temporarily barred them from continuing to solicit the discount retailer's current and former employees in the case while it sorted out the dispute, the Fourth Appellate District held Friday.

The lower court could have determined whether by contacting...

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