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NJ Supreme Court Allows Class Action Against Wal-Mart

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Jun 04, 2007 | 0 Comments

An editorial in this morning's Newark Star-Ledger applauds "a little-noticed decision last week by the state Supreme Court that allows 72,000 current and former New Jersey employees to bring a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart."  The decision in Iliadis v. Wal-Mart may not have attracted much notice from the public at large, but it is just a few days old and already is attracting lots of notice from employment lawyers.  See preliminary reactions from Law.com, Bloomberg News (via Wal*Mart Watch), and New Jersey Lawyer.

We posted on this case on January 10, 2007, when the Appellate Division of NJ Superior Court affirmed a trial court's denial of class action status to a claim that could involve as many as 72,000 Wal-Mart employees.  We noted that "a lot of dollars are riding on the outcome" of the pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

The plaintiffs allege that Wal-Mart violated statutes, regulations, and its own policies about how employees should be paid.

The Court's 5-1 opinion by Chief Justice Zazzali ordered (over the dissent of Justice Rivera-Soto) that the plaintiff class be certified, so the case will go forward as a class action.  We will keep you informed as it does.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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