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The Property Sciences Group, Incorporated

Mass v. The Property Sciences Group, Incorporated; Court File No. BC699728 Superior Court of the State of California – County of Los Angeles

On March 28, 2018, a former employee filed suit against his former employer, The Property Sciences Group, Incorporated (“Defendant”) in the Superior Court of California (Los Angeles County). The case was filed as a class action under California state law on behalf of Staff Appraisers.

The Complaint alleges that The Property Sciences Group unlawfully denied overtime compensation to Staff Appraisers by improperly classifying them as exempt from California wage and hour laws. The Complaint seeks unpaid overtime wages, meal and rest period premiums, various penalties, and attorneys’ fees and costs. We are handling this case with co-counsel from the firm of Kennedy Hodges in Houston, Texas.

Type of Case

Unpaid Overtime Lawsuit

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Is This a Class Action? What Does that Mean?

This case is class action under California state law. The idea behind a class action is that it allows one or more people to sue on behalf of themselves and other people who have similar claims. In order to proceed as a group, though, the Court must certify the class. Because we are in the early stages of the case, this has not happened yet, but we intend to seek the company’s agreement or file the motion at the appropriate time asking the Court to grant this certification.

Which Locations Are Included?

If certified, this case would include all Staff Appraisers who have worked for Defendant in California within the past four years. Defendant has argued that certain individuals should not be included in the case based on various agreements they have signed.

How Do I Join This Case?

You do not need to do anything to make a claim under state law. If the Court certifies this case as a class action and you are a member of the class, you will receive a notice of the lawsuit. At that time, you will have the opportunity to opt-out of the case, if you desire to do so. If you do not opt-out, you will automatically be included in the lawsuit.

Defendant has argued that certain groups of people should not be included in this case, based on various agreements they have signed. We are therefore interested in talking to more Staff Appraisers to explore the validity of those arguments. If you wish to learn more about the case, or are concerned about whether you would be included in this case, please contact us immediately.

What Time Frame Does This Case Cover?

There is a time limit, called a statute of limitations, which allows workers to recover unpaid overtime wages for up to four years in California. The time period covered in this lawsuit is subject to Court determination but may be from February 21, 2013 through final judgment in this case.

Do I Have To Pay Anything?

We are handling this case on a contingency basis. This means we will only be paid if the lawsuit is successful in obtaining relief either through a settlement or a final judgment, and that payment will only come out of that settlement or final judgment.

How Do I Prove I Worked Overtime?

If you do have records of the hours you worked, please preserve and keep them until we ask you for them. However, you do not need to have records of your work hours to participate in this case. If Defendant did not keep accurate time records, most courts will permit you to estimate your work hours. Through this lawsuit, we will seek any records the company may have of your hours worked.

What About Retaliation?

It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against a person for joining a lawsuit to reclaim unpaid wages. If you currently work for The Property Sciences Group and you believe you may be the victim of retaliation for joining or participating in this lawsuit, contact us immediately.

How Long Will This Case Take?

The length of this kind of lawsuit varies from case to case, but they typically last one to three years.

Is There Money Available Now?

No. This is a pending lawsuit. There is no money currently available and there is no guarantee that you will receive money for participating in the lawsuit.

How Can I Help?

If you or anyone you know have information that you believe may helpful to this case, please contact the case clerk, Max Mlinar, at mmlinar@nka.com or 612-256-3200.

How Do I Learn More?

To learn more about this case, feel free to contact the case clerk, Max Mlinar, at mmlinar@nka.com or 612-256-3200.

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