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Why Is Heller Opposing Class Certification?

You may remember that the former employees of another esteemed law firm which imploded last fall – Thelen Reid – were able to have Thelen’s counsel, Latham & Watkins, stipulate to class certification.  

And while the counsel for the Thelen group is the same counsel which our class action group is using – Blum Collins – it appears as if Heller’s employment counsel, Manatt Phelps would rather fight such class certification.

This approach makes no sense at all unless the intent of John Fox, Manatt’s lead attorney on this matter, is to rack up lots of billable hours and soak money out of the estate’s pool of meager assets.  By opposing class certification, Heller is stating clearly that they don’t believe in paying their former employees what they earned while they worked for the firm.

In fact, Heller Drone has learned that during discussions as to class certification and the merit of the claims of the ex-Heller employees, the following concept was pushed: ex-Hellerites had so much accrued vacation because they loved working at the firm so much and never had a chance to use it.

Once you stop laughing at the asburdity of such an idea, wait a minute while humor turns to anger, as it should.  You should be angry that Heller feels a sense of entitlement in not paying wages that you as an ex-employee earned.  I could see them opposing the WARN Act penalties and some of the other items discussed on this blog.  

To want to fight in court over the basic principle of recognizing that there is a class of ex-employees that were thrown overboard from the S.S. Heller while shareholders scrambled for their lifeboats is not funny.  It is shameful.

Watch for the S.S. Thelen

In case you haven’t heard or read the news, it appears that many of our colleagues at another San Francisco law firm, Thelen LLP are in a boat very similar to the S.S. Heller Ehrman:

If you know anyone over there, please send them your good thoughts and tell them about Heller Highwater if they don’t already know about it.  And offer them any help you can – many of us have time on our hands while we search for new landing spots, and it does much for your karma to assist them even if it is only moral support.

Over and out.

Heller Drone

Cruise Director 

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Remember the words of Rev. Frank Scott (Gene Hackman in The Poseidon Adventure):

". . . sitting on our butts is not going to help us either. Maybe by climbing out of here, we can save ourselves. If you've got any sense, you'll come along with us."

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