Justice Department Asks Federal Judge to Terminate Flores Agreement

Following a group of nonprofit legal groups seeking to intervene earlier this week, the Justice Department asked a federal judge Thursday to decertify the class in the Flores class action that deals with the detention of immigrant children and terminate the settlement agreement.

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Beer Pricing

An appeals court in California reversed the denial of class certification for convenience stores that sell beer manufactured by Anheuser-Busch and purchased from distributor Donaghy Sales. The proposed class claims defendants violated wholesale beer pricing by providing certain retailers with consumer coupons for discounts off the retail price of beer. 

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Amazon Shift Managers

A federal court in California refused to certify a class of Amazon Level 4 shift managers who claim they were misclassified as exempt employees under state law and were not paid overtime. The plaintiff failed to show a class action would be manageable and did not meet his burden to show common issues would predominate over the class member’s individualized issue. 

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Closed Captioning

A federal court in Massachusetts certified, for settlement purposes, a class of deaf and hard of hearing individuals who claim that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology violated their rights because there was not closed captioning, or there was unintelligible captioning, of videos and audio tracks made publicly available by the university.

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Wrongful Death

A federal court in Alabama ruled that a tort case brought by the parents of a woman who died by suicide against the man who allegedly sexually assaulted her should be stayed pending certification to the Alabama Supreme Court the question of whether “suicide is an intervening cause that breaks the chain of causation stemming from a defendant’s intentional tort.”

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