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Pre-Trial Conference Set in ABRA Case

A pre-trial conference date will be held April 3 in the case filed against ABRA Auto Body and Glass by two former employees alleging that the company required customer service managers (CSMs) and customer service representatives (CSRs) to work overtime without pay and that it did so by misclassifying them as "managerial," which exempted them from overtime pay. (CLICK HERE for related story.) The conference will be held before the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson in St. Paul, Minn.

The original suit was filed by Halunen and Associates, representing Thomas Hale and Justin Schreckenstein. Since the original class-action suit was filed, four more employees have joined the suit. (CLICK HERE for related story.)

The suit was filed on July 17, 2007, in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota, and the plaintiffs' complaint was amended on November 27, 2007, when the former employees added allegations that ABRA violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to the original complaint (CLICK HERE for related story.)

ABRA also recently filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the plaintiffs' ERISA claims and to strike the prayer for relief pertaining to ERISA claims. CLICK HERE for full text of document announcing pre-trial conference.

CLICK HERE for full text of ABRA's notice of motion.


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