Class-Action Lawsuit Can Proceed


Conway police officers and firefighters suing the city can do so with class-action status, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Troy Braswell did not abuse his discretion when he certified a class of more than 100 firefighters and more than 130 police officers in a lawsuit against the city over a breach of contract, the court determined.

Further, the employees all had a common complaint regarding promises made about their pay, the parties who sued had typical complaints compared to the class as a whole, and a class-action lawsuit would be the most efficient way of resolving potentially more than 200 claims, the court ruled.

The city had argued that a class-action case would be impractical because of differing individual complaints.

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