Class Actions Archives

Social Media and Class Action Litigation

The rise of social media has recently altered several areas of the law, including class and collective action litigation. In 2013, a group of former interns sued Gawker Media, an online media company and weblog network, claiming it had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York State Labor Law by failing to properly compensate its interns the minimum wage. The class became conditionally certified in August 2014. In collective action lawsuits, notice is traditionally given via mail to potential class members. In November 2014, the court permitted the Plaintiffs to propose forms of notice which included the use of social media. In April 2015, Judge Allison Nathan approved the Plaintiff's notice plan.