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Genesis HealthCare Corp v. Symczyk    
  ISSUE: Mootness of FLSA Section 216(b) collective action  

Oral argument December 3, 2012 

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Symczk sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated. This was a section 216(b) collective action. The defendants extended an offer of judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 in full satisfaction of her alleged damages, fees, and costs - prior to her moving for conditional certification and prior to other potential plaintiffs opting in. The trial court dismissed the suit. The 3rd Circuit reversed, finding that the suit was not moot under Article III. The court adopted the "relation back" doctrine to the filing of the complaint used in class certification cases (Rule 23), where a Rule 68 offer had been made; and applied the doctrine to section 216(b) representative cases.  

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the 3rd Circuit judgment. 

Case below: Symczyk v. Genesis HealthCare Corp (3rd Cir 08/31/2011) 
Official docket sheet 
Certiorari granted: June 25, 2012 
Oral argument: December 3, 2012 

Questions presented in petition for certiorari:   

Whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the lone plaintiff receives an offer from the defendants to satisfy all of the plaintiff's claims. 

Briefs on the merits: 

Certiorari Documents: 

Counsel:

  • For Petitioners: Ronald J. Mann; 435 West 116th Street; New York, NY  10025; (212) 854-1570. 
  • For Respondent: Gary F. Lynch; Carlson Lynch LTD; 36 N Jefferson Street; P.O. Box 7635; New Castle, PA  16107; glynch@carlsonlynch.com; (724) 656-1555. 

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