Law360, New York (April 17, 2014, 7:08 PM ET) -- A Florida federal judge on Wednesday nixed a proposed class action accusing Rick's Cabaret International Inc. of failing to pay dancers proper minimum and overtime wages, granting the strip club owner's bid to compel arbitration despite a plaintiff's objection that arbitration would be too costly.
U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled that the lawsuit should be dismissed and that Jaszmann Espinosa should pursue her claims in arbitration, though Espinosa claimed that the financial burden associated with arbitration would likely be prohibitively heavy.
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Facebook messages exchanged between nonparty exotic dancers and a member of a putative class of dancers suing the Penthouse Executive Club in New York for employment violations are not protected communications and must be produced for the suit.
U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood in New York held that the Facebook messages traded between a member of the proposed class and other nonparty dancers talking about joining the suit, are not protected by attorneyclient privilege.
Attorneys Mentioned: Racquel Crespi Weintraub, Howard Davis