On April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Genesis HealthCare Corp v. Symczyk. This case concerned the scope of the federal courts’ power to adjudicate cases. The question was whether a case becomes moot, and must therefore be dismissed, when the lone plaintiff in an uncertified collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act receives an offer from all defendants to satisfy her claims in full.
In an opinion delivered by Justice Thomas, the Court held by a vote of 5-4 that the plaintiff’s suit was appropriately dismissed for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia, Kennedy and Alito joined the majority opinion. Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion which was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Sotomayor.
To discuss the case, we have Mark Moller, who is an Associate Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law.