United Steel, Paper & Forestry Int'l. Union v. ConocoPhillips Co., No. 09-56578 - U.S. Ninth Circuit
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United Steel, Paper & Forestry Int'l. Union v. ConocoPhillips Co., No. 09-56578

In an action seeking compensation for defendant's alleged denial of employees' meal breaks, denial of class certification is reversed where the district court abused its discretion when it assumed, for the purpose of Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 certification analysis and without any separate inquiry into the merits, that plaintiffs' legal theory would fail.

Read United Steel, Paper & Forestry Int'l. Union v. ConocoPhillips Co., No. 09-56578

Appellate Information

Argued and Submitted November 4, 2009

Filed January 6, 2010

Judges

Opinion by Judge Bybee

Counsel

For Appellants:

Anne Richardson, Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson & Renick, LLP, Pasadena, CA

For Appellee:

Rex S. Heinke, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, Los Angeles, CA