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Attorneys for Class of Female VPs and SVPs Employed by PR Giant MSLGroup Clarify Company's Inaccurate Description of Federal Court's Recent Certification Ruling
Date:7/6/2012

NEW YORK, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On MSLGroup's website, the Company claims that U.S. District Court Judge Andrew L. Carter's June 29, 2012 order granting conditional certification to the Company's women VPs and SVPs "was a procedural ruling only and not unexpected" and that the Court had "made no decision as to whether the case may proceed as a class action."  But in a statement issued today, Janette Wipper, a partner at Sanford Wittels & Heisler, LLP, the plaintiffs' lead counsel, strongly contested MSL's characterization of Judge Carter's certification decision. 

"MSLGroup's assertion on its website that the decision was 'expected' and simply 'procedural' differs from its lawyer's statements in Court," said Ms. Wipper. MSLGroup and Publicis Groupe consistently argued in their briefs that plaintiffs could not obtain conditional certification and that it would be 'unprecedented' for Judge Carter to order such relief. The very first line of the papers MSLGroup submitted to the Court on March 19, 2012, claims: 'Plaintiffs ask this Court to make an unprecedented ruling….'   The papers go on to state that 'federal courts have conditionally certified fewer than ten [Equal Pay Act] cases in nearly 50 years….' They certainly conveyed to the Court that ordering certification would be an unexpected result with a significant impact on the lawsuit." "Furthermore," noted Ms. Wipper, "MSLGroup hired an MIT-educated expert in hopes of refuting Plaintiffs' statistical evidence in support of conditional certification."

In his written opinion, Judge Carter decided that plaintiffs had provided "sufficient information that because of a comm
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SOURCE Sanford Wittels & Heisler, LLP
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