The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed and remanded a ruling by retiring U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest to dismiss a years-long wage case on the eve of trial, finding she made significant errors.

The panel of Circuit Judges Barrington Parker, Peter Hall and Raymond Lohier Jr. leveled a three-tier critique at Forrest’s decision, which was made after the low-wage worker plaintiffs stated in a footnote of a pretrial filing that they intended to pursue only state labor law claims in the upcoming trial against a number of laundromats that employed them.

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