Trials & Litigation
Some 700 Ex-Employees Can Pursue Class Action Against Onetime Fla. Foreclosure King
Posted Sep 28, 2011 11:10 AM CST
By Martha Neil
At least 700 ex-employers of a so-called Florida foreclosure mill will be allowed to pursue a class action against the Plantation law firm of David J. Stern for alleged labor law violations, a federal judge in Miami decided this week.
One of their principal complaints is that the law firm allegedly didn't comply with notice provisions of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, according to the Associated Press.
Instead of notification 60 days in advance, "David J. Stern's top people who were there about 17 years ... received email notification of their being fired that day and to turn in their paperwork," says attorney Steven Jaffe, who represents the law firm.
Jeffrey Tew of Tew Cardenas represents David J. Stern. He said the ruling simply says "it's appropriate to handle the people in the class on a uniform basis. It doesn't say anything about who, if anybody, is liable under the WARN Act."
A Housing Wire post offers additional details.
ABAJournal.com: "Embattled Former Foreclosure King Now Faces Potential Class Action by Ex-Employees"