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Judge Amul Thapar testifies in 2017 before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

A federal appeals court Wednesday broadened the reach of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that strengthened the ability of companies to squash employee class actions through mandatory arbitration agreements.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit panel, led by Amul Thapar, who’d made President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court short-list, said the justices’ decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis should extend to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and disputes that involve overtime pay and minimum wage. The Epic Systems decision only confronted the National Labor Relations Act, which governs union-related activity.

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