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Zavala v. Wal Mart Stores, Inc., 11-2381

In a suit brought by Wal-Mart cleaning crew seeking compensation for unpaid overtime and certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), civil damages under RICO, and damages for false imprisonment, district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the defendant is affirmed where: 1) plaintiffs have failed to satisfy the "similarly situated" standard, as the similarities among the proposed plaintiffs are too few, and the differences among the proposed plaintiffs are too many; 2) plaintiffs have failed to state a claim for RICO or RICO conspiracy by failing to allege a pattern of predicate acts; and 3) summary judgment on plaintiffs' false imprisonment claim is appropriate as they have not shown that emergency exits were absent in the buildings or obstructed in any way.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/09/2012
  • Published 08/09/2012


  • Smith


  • United States Third Circuit