Wal-Mart may have felt the first aftershock of the Supreme Court’s March 2016 opinion in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, which undercut overbroad interpretations of its landmark 2011 Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision and found that representative sampling of absent class members is not a per se improper method of establishing class-wide liability or damages.
Supreme Court Limits Wal-Mart, Approves Representative Proof in Employee Class Actions
By Barbara E. Hoey & James B. Saylor on
Posted in Class Actions, Wage and Hour
In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court last week affirmed a $5.8 million judgment against Tyson Foods and held that damages in a class action can be established by “statistical sampling” – a phrase that may now haunt many employers for years to come.
The Plaintiffs in Tyson Foods Inc. v. Bouaphakeo et al.…