National Theater Chain Shuts Down California Putative Class Action With Tactical Jurisdictional Maneuvers

Our client, a national theater chain, faced a putative class action alleging off-the-clock and meal and rest break violations, as well as PAGA penalties and other Labor Code claims on behalf of a putative class of almost 15,000 non-exempt theater employees.  Originally filed in San Francisco Superior Court, CDF strategically removed the action to the U.S. District Court after more than a year of active state-court litigation and then took advantage of a District Court-initiated transfer by moving the case to the Central District of California.  CDF then filed a motion to strike all class claims based on Central District local rules, placing pressure on and ultimately persuading the two named Plaintiffs to settle their individual claims for nuisance value and to dismiss the putative class claims.  


U.S. District Court, Northern & Central Districts of California


Timothy M. Freudenberger
Kent J. Sprinkle
M. Leah Cameron

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