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Pitfalls in Litigating Labor and Employment Class Actions


Class actions are the bane of companies and employers.

Class action. This phrase can send tremors through the boardrooms of corporations across the country, and for good reason. Originally intended to provide efficiency for the courts - to enable them to swiftly adjudicate disputes from large numbers of people at one time rather than having to deal with multiple, separate and individual lawsuits - class actions now tend to clog court dockets for years as the opposing parties engage in endless sparring matches over allegations, discovery, evidence and virtually everything else involved in the case. This white paper reviews why class actions tend to be twice as contentious as litigation and discusses the requirements for creating a class.



Hannesson I. Murphy

Hannesson I. Murphy

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • Partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis, Indiana office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department
  • Represents employers in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship with their employees, including counseling employers with respect to the hiring, discipline and separation of employees, and if necessary, the representation of employers in connection with litigated disputes
  • Represented employers in a wide variety of matters before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and in arbitration, including individual and class or collective action claims relating to issues such as discrimination, harassment or wrongful discharge, alleged violations of the terms and conditions of employment, unemployment claims, wage and hour claims, and litigation concerning noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements
  • Active in the legal community and recently served as the chair of the Employment Law Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Admitted to practice in Indiana, Florida, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and all U.S. District Courts for Indiana and Florida
  • B.A. degree in international relations, cum laude, Florida International University; J.D. degree, cum laude, Miami School of Law

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