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Class actions aren’t just for large groups anymore

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When we think of class-action lawsuits, we usually think big. Such lawsuits can involve thousands of employees and millions of dollars. But they can also involve just a handful of employees, as a federal judge just ruled.

Attorneys looking for the big kill have typically ignored these smaller cases, but no more. Smaller law firms may see a chance to make a few thousand bucks by suing smaller employers.

Recent case:
Travis Software argued that the relatively small size of a proposed class in an overtime suit meant that a collective action was not warranted. It wanted the unhappy employees to file separate lawsuits.

The judge disagreed and said the lawsuit involving an estimated 15 to 26 current and former customer support representatives could proceed.  (Watson, et al., v. Travis Software, No. 07-4104, SD TX, 2008)

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