Docket No. 10-1884-cv.

659 F.3d 234 (2011)

Salim SHAHRIAR, Muhammad Islam, and Mary Harvey, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, and Suhel Ahmed, Andrew Mellor, Maria Zayaruzny, Masud Ahad, Anthony Justin DeSouza, Nazaruddin Zaidan, Christopher Lee Robbins, Sebastian G. Joulain, Michael Mueller, Gous Uddin, Ron Elton Megason, Bobbi Kim, Nicholas Lee Mullins, Erasmo Dinninno, Matthew Alexander Wulf, Ishah Faith-Jannsen, Mahbub Malik, Raymond Taylor, Phyliss Lynn Spiece, Lawrence Larocca, Rbiai Ouazene, Pat Thuniljinda, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. SMITH & WOLLENSKY RESTAURANT GROUP, INCORPORATED, DBA Park Avenue Restaurant, Fourth Walls Restaurant LLC, DBA Park Avenue Restaurant, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided: September 26, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Gregory B. Reilly III , A. Michael Weber , Littler Mendelson, P.C., New York, NY, for Defendants-Appellants.

Daniel Maimon Kirschenbaum , Denise A. Schulman , Charles Joseph , Joseph, Herzfeld, Hester & Kirschenbaum LLP, New York, NY, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Richard J. Burch , Bruckner Burch PLLC, Houston, TX, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Dean A. Romhilt ( Jennifer S. Brand , Associate Solicitor and Paul L. Frieden , Counsel for Appellate Litigation, on the brief; M. Patricia Smith , Solicitor of Labor, of counsel), Washington, D.C., for the United States Secretary of Labor as Amicus Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Justin M. Swartz ( Rachel Bien and Mariko Hirose , on the brief), Outten & Golden LLP, New York, NY, for Rebecca M. Hamburg, National Employment Lawyers Association, et al., San Francisco, CA, as Amicus Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Before: NEWMAN, MINER, and LYNCH, Circuit Judges.

MINER, Circuit Judge:

Defendants-appellants, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. (d/b/a Park Avenue Restaurant), and Fourth Walls Restaurant LLC (d/b/a Park Avenue Restaurant) (collectively, "Park Avenue") appeal from a January 29, 2010, Order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Cedarbaum, J.) granting a motion for class certification made, pursuant to Federal Rule of...


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