Apple. Orrick defeated class certification in Camuti v. Apple, a wage-and-hour class action seeking rest break penalties on behalf of certain retail employees.
Health Net. Orrick represented Health Net in Eddings v. Health Net, Inc., et al., against plaintiffs’ off-the-clock, meal period and rounding claims, in both FLSA and CA claims, on behalf of a putative class in excess of 3,000 call center employees working across the country. Orrick defeated class certification at Stage 1 for the FLSA and CA off-the-clock and meal period claims.
Major Financial Institution. Orrick represented a major financial institution in a putative wage-and-hour class action asserting meal and rest break violations. The case had more than 5,000 putative class members, and the damages analysis put liability in the eight figure range. Orrick successfully defeated certification of the proposed class.
Morgan Stanley. Orrick represents Morgan Stanley in Pontilena v. Morgan Stanley, five consolidated matters proceeding as a multi-district litigation in New Jersey. The plaintiffs brought FLSA claims on behalf of a nationwide class of financial advisors, contending that they were misclassified as exempt and therefore entitled to overtime. Plaintiffs also assert state law claims for overtime and for business expense reimbursement under New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Connecticut law. This case represents the leading edge of a new wave of lawsuits challenging the exempt status of financial consultants and brokers.
Morgan Stanley. Orrick won summary judgment in Bloemendaal v. Morgan Stanley, a case where plaintiff challenged Morgan Stanley’s policy of requiring employees who have brokerage accounts to maintain their accounts with the firm, claiming that it violates Labor Code section 450 and constitutes “compelled patronage.” All claims dismissed on motion to dismiss.
PricewaterhouseCoopers. Orrick secured a major victory in the Ninth Circuit for PricewaterhouseCoopers in a case of first impression. In Campbell, et al. v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court's entry of summary judgment against PwC and remanded the case to the district court for trial, holding that PwC had established "material fact questions" regarding whether its unlicensed associate accountants are eligible for exemption from California overtime requirements.
Sears Roebuck & Co. Orrick defeated class certification in Ortega v. Sears, a wage-and-hour class action of over 5,000 mechanics who worked in Sears Auto Centers in California. The case involved claims for unpaid regular and overtime wages based on various off-the-clock allegations, meal and rest break violations and numerous other claims.