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Ninth Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report


Now in its ninth annual edition, Seyfarth’s Workplace Class Action Litigation Report examines the theoretical and strategic uncertainties stemming from the Supreme Court’s employment law and class action rulings in 2012, and the challenges they pose for companies and their defense counsel. The Report analyzes a landmark year for complex employment-related disputes in 2012 and predicts an array of developing trends for employers to monitor in 2013, led by a dramatic “halo effect” from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes. For the first time, the Report is available as an eBook, as well as a CD-ROM, available to download.

Many of the key rulings of 2012 in class action cases hinged on the Supreme Court’s 2011 rulings in three milestone cases: Wal-Mart, AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, and Smith v. Bayer, according to the Report. Chief among these Supreme Court decisions, Wal-Mart’s impact on changing Rule 23 class certification standards dominated the legal landscape in 2012 and was cited by lower courts an astounding 541 times in 2012, generating a tidal wave of new class certification rulings and related decisions on a wide variety of class action issues.

The Workplace Class Action Litigation Report remains the sole compendium published in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to labor and employment class action litigation; regarded as "the definitive source on employment class action litigation" (EPLiC Magazine), it has become the "go-to" research and resource guide for businesses and corporate counsel facing complex litigation. The Report is authored by Seyfarth Shaw partner Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., co-chair of the firm’s class action defense group and co-author of one of two amicus briefs submitted by Seyfarth to the Supreme Court in Dukes.

This edition of the Report is the most comprehensive yet, examining 1,059 class action decisions rendered in the past 12 months by federal and state courts, including private plaintiff and government enforcement actions. The number of case rulings covered by Seyfarth climbed 8% over last year’s total of 976 – a direct result of issues raised by Dukes and Concepcion that have loomed over workplace litigation since those landmark decisions last year.

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