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Groupon sales reps can’t pursue overtime compensate category action

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By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – A Chicago sovereign decider on Wednesday pronounced Groupon Inc sales member can't pursue a class-action lawsuit over a Internet commerce company’s disaster to compensate for overtime before and after a 2011 initial open offering.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang pronounced a roughly 1,500 representatives’ claims, pursuit duties and purported injuries were too manifold to clear vouchsafing them sue as a organisation over allegations that Groupon disregarded Illinois’ smallest salary law.

Chang remarkable that Groupon did eventually adopt some-more uniform government policies, and that these could “serve as markers” for a plaintiffs to pursue a smaller category action.

He gave a plaintiffs until Sept. 23 to introduce a narrower class, or else pursue their claims on an particular basis.

More than 100 Groupon sales member are posterior associated claims underneath a sovereign Fair Labor Standards Act.

Douglas Werman, a partner during Werman Salas representing a plaintiffs, said: “We’re unhappy in a court’s decision, and trust it is factually and legally flawed. We are now evaluating a options.”

Groupon orator Bill Roberts pronounced a Chicago-based association is gratified with a decision.

Class actions can capacitate plaintiffs to pursue incomparable recoveries during reduce cost than if they sued individually.

A 2011 U.S. Supreme Court preference involving Wal-Mart Stores Inc, that Chang cited, done it harder for many plaintiffs to pursue such cases.

According to Wednesday’s decision, a Groupon lawsuit sought category acceptance covering a durations Aug. 19, 2008 to Mar 19, 2011, and Aug. 23, 2011 to a present, when Groupon paid no overtime.

The lawsuit also sought acceptance for a halt five-month duration when Groupon paid overtime, though allegedly reduction than it was ostensible to pay.

Known for a “daily deals,” Groupon has underneath Chief Executive Eric Lefkofsky been perplexing to develop into an e-commerce tradesman improved means to contest with rivals such as Inc.

Groupon went open during $20 (12.06 pounds) per share on Nov. 4, 2011, though have not traded that high given Feb 2012. The shares on Wednesday sealed adult 7 cents during $6.53 on a Nasdaq.

The box is Dailey et al v. Groupon Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, No. 11-05685.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)

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