3rd Circ. Blasts 'Trial Before Certification' Plan In Wage Suit

By Jeannie O'Sullivan (October 5, 2021, 8:49 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit sent a strong message Tuesday that the new judge presiding over a wage suit brought by Citizens Bank mortgage loan officers should address the certification of class allegations before commencing trial on the collective claims, warning that the contrary approach contravenes court rules and high court precedent.

The Third Circuit on Tuesday signaled its disapproval of a district court judge's plan to hold a trial on collection action claims brought by Citizens Bank loan officers before first hashing out whether or not the class claims in the litigation should be certified. (iStock.com/Kesu01)

In a precedential decision, a three-judge...

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