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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wang v. Chinese Daily News: SCOTUS Vacates Judgment, Remands for Reconsideration in Light of Dukes

The Supreme Court of the United States yesterday vacated the judgment in Wang v. Chinese Daily News, the long-running Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action by employees of the Chinese language newspaper. The Court granted certiorari, vacated the judgment, and remanded to the Ninth Circuit for further consideration in light of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. ___ (2011).

The Ninth Circuit's opinion (blogged here) had addressed a number of important issues, including exempt status of reporters, class certification, invalidation of coerced opt outs, trial issues, preemption of claims under California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL), and attorney fees.

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