Nos. 03-35619, 03-35707, 03-36009.

407 F.3d 1038 (2005)

Jerry GIEG, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. DDR, INC., an Oregon corporation, dba Courtesy Ford, and Woody Howarth, Defendants-Appellants. Joseph C. Wickersham, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Haselwood Buick-Pontiac Co., Defendant-Appellant. v. Martin Chaloupka, Lisa Bennett, Bradley Hayes, and John Inselman, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. SLT/TAG, Inc., an Oregon corporation, fka Thomason Auto Group, Inc. and Asbury Automotive Oregon, LLC, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed May 18, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Timothy R. Volpert, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Portland, OR, for defendants-appellants DDR, Inc., et al. and SLT/ TAG, Inc., etc.

Jacqueline L. Koch, Koch & Deering, Portland, OR, for plaintiff-appellee Jerry Gieg.

Ford F. Newman, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., for amicus curiae the Secretary of Labor.

Felicia R. Reid, Curiale Dellaverson Hirschfeld Kraemer & Sloan, LLP, San Francisco, CA, for amici curiae the National Automobile Dealers Association; National Federation of Independent Business Legal Foundation; National Independent Automobile Dealers Association; Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association; and Marine Retailers Association of America in support of the defendants-appellants.

John R. Scannell, Action Employment Law, Seattle, WA, for plaintiff-appellee Joseph C. Wickersham.

Patrick M. Madden, Seattle, WA, for defendant-appellant Haselwood Buick-Pontiac Company.

Robert J. Bekken, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, Irvine, CA, Joel W. Rice, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Chicago, IL, for defendant-appellant Haselwood Buick-Pontiac Company.

David F. Sugerman, Paul & Sugerman, PC, Portland, OR, for plaintiffs-appellees Martin Chaloupka, et al.

Christopher P. Koback, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Portland, OR, for defendants-appellants DDR, Inc., et al. and SLT/TAG, Inc., etc.

Before TROTT and KLEINFELD, Circuit Judges, and POLLAK, District Judge.

POLLAK, District Judge.

In these three appeals—Gieg v. DDR, Inc., Wickersham v. Haselwood Buick-Pontiac Co., and Chaloupka v. SLT/TAG, Inc.—arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., the principal question we are asked to determine is whether finance and insurance managers of retail automobile dealerships, who are compensated almost exclusively by...

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