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Federal judge removes lawyers in Target overtime suit

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Halunen & Associates will not represent any of the plaintiffs in Gifford v. Target Corp., a major class-action overtime suit, after a federal judge ruled that the firm’s previous contact with a Target official may have revealed privileged company information.

Judge Ann Montgomery of the U.S. District Court for District of Minnesota ruled that the firm could not represent plaintiffs in the case because two attorneys interviewed a Target psychologist before filing the lawsuit earlier this year.

The psychologist, identified merely as Jane Doe in court documents, met with the attorneys on several occasions and may have revealed privileged information.

In its defense, the firm claimed it did not elicit privileged information during the interviews and it did not read privileged documents it received.

The class-action suit alleges that Target forced managers to perform nonmanagerial work without paying them overtime.

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