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Jury favors Rawlings as suit seeks millions in overtime

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By Jacquelyn Stoess Hack

An Oldham County returned a verdict Friday in favor of The Rawlings Company, in a class action brought against Rawlings and its founder George Rawlings on behalf of current and former medical claims auditors.  

The class action alleged that the company misclassified hundreds of employees as exempt from overtime laws, and improperly failed to pay them for overtime.  

The class action sought millions of dollars of overtime pay and penalties, for a period of more than seven years.  

After a three-week trial, the jury rejected the claims made by the class, and found that the Rawlings employees were properly classified as exempt.

The Rawlings Company, based in La Grange, is the recognized leader in providing audit and subrogation services to the healthcare industry.  

Rawlings founder George R. Rawlings was a key witness at the trial.

Rawlings was represented in the trial by Susman Godfrey LLP, a 90-lawyer firm that specializes in business litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.  

The case was tried by Neal Manne, Shawn Rabin and Kalpana Srinivasan.  

From the courthouse steps, Manne said after the verdict he is delighted with the jury's decision.

"Most class actions settle, including ones like this that challenge whether employees should be hourly or salaried," Manne said. "It took guts for Mr. Rawlings to stand his ground, and let us try this case to the jury."