In an ongoing labor case against deal-czar Groupon, a Chicago Federal judge ruled on Aug 29 that former employee allegations were too disparate to warrant class action certification, allowing the company to avoid litigation for the time being. The class had been seeking retribution for the company’s failure to pay overtime both before and after its initial public offering in 2011.
Roughly 1500 prospective class members had pending claims against the online retailer, but the range of those claims was too great to warrant certification, said U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang. The judge recommended that the group reevaluate their claims against Groupon’s newer management policies and, where possible, form smaller classes. The plaintiffs will have until Sept. 23 to determine new classes or file suit individually.