opinion | Justice Sotomayor’s class-action consolation prize

Supreme Court last week 8-1 (Viking River Cruises vs. Moriana) that California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA)—namely the Trial Lawyers Enhancement Act—does not replace the class-action exemption. Now watch unions and trial lawyers turn lemonade with Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recipe.

Viking employee Angie Moriana agreed when she was hired to personally mediate disputes. But after leaving the company she sued Viking under PAGA for failing to provide final pay within 72 hours of state law. Ms Moriana also added violations allegedly committed by others in her complaint.