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Mealey's Antitrust/Unfair Competition - No Exceptional Circumstances Dooms Stay In Vineyard Workers' Wage Class Suit

FRESNO, Calif. - A federal judge in California on Jan. 29 denied a motion for stay filed by a California vineyard and a farm labor contractor in a putative class complaint brought by workers who allege numerous wage violations, including under the Agricultural and Migrant Worker Protection Act (AWPA) and California's unfair competition law (UCL), finding that no "exceptional circumstances" exist to warrant the court waiting for a ruling in a state case bringing some of the same claims against the same defendants (Sebastiana Martinez-Sanchez, et al. v. Anthony Vineyards, Inc., et al., No. 19-1404, E.D. Calif., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15785).
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