Oxenhandler and O'Shee Prevail In Class Action Certification Dispute

October 17, 2013

Gold Weems attorneys Steven M. Oxenhandler and Michael J. O'Shee, representing the defendant class representative, City of Natchitoches, successfully defeated the plaintiffs' motion to certify a class of defendant municipalities in Jack Duty, et al v. City of Natchitoches, et al, Docket No. 81,283-A, 10th JDC, State of Louisiana. The class action seeks unpaid retirement contributions for all firefighters during the 3-year period from May 1, 2005, through May 1, 2008. Plaintiff sought to certify a defendant class of over 117 governmental entities, which the Court denied in granting Summary Judgment for the City of Natchitoches. The Plaintiff did not appeal the trial judge's ruling on this critical certification issue.

Oxenhandler primarily practices in the Employment and Labor Litigation section at Gold Weems, while O'Shee's primary practice areas with the Firm are Appeals and Corporate and Commercial Litigation.