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BOSTON —� Less than a week after a California state judge ruled that Starbucks Corp. must pay its California baristas more than $100 million in back tips, a Boston employee plaintiff’s lawyer filed a similar tips case in Massachusetts. In the Massachusetts proposed class action filed on March 25, the plaintiff brought claims of quantum meruit/unjust enrichment, breach of contract and intentional interference with contractual and/or advantageous relations. Matamoros v. Starbucks Corp., No. SUCV2008-01364 (Suffolk Co., Mass. Super. Ct.) The plaintiff’s lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordon, of Boston’s Pyle, Rome, Lichten, Ehrenberg & Liss-Riordan, said the case was in the works before the California ruling, but the California decision prompted a faster filing. “Knowing the Massachusetts law is even better for the tipped employees we knew we had to go and get it filed so we did,” Liss-Riordon said. Liss-Riordon has filed more than 30 tip-pooling cases in Massachusetts state court over last seven years. So far she’s won two at trial, a third at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, settled 15 on a class action basis and won many for the plaintiff on summary judgment. “The Massachusetts tips law is very strict about who can receive shares of tip pools,” Liss-Riordon said. “No employee with managerial authority can be paid out of any tip pool.” In the California case, San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett ruled that Starbucks must pay California baristas $86 million, plus interest. Chou v. Starbucks Corp., No. GIC 836925 (San Diego Co., Calif., Super. Ct.) Starbucks did not return a call for comment.

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