McLaughlin v. Richland Shoe Company

PETITIONER: McLaughlin
RESPONDENT: Richland Shoe Company
LOCATION: Hustler Magazine Headquarters

DOCKET NO.: 86-1520
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 486 US 128 (1988)
ARGUED: Feb 24, 1988
DECIDED: May 16, 1988

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - February 24, 1988 in McLaughlin v. Richland Shoe Company

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - May 16, 1988 in McLaughlin v. Richland Shoe Company

William H. Rehnquist:

The opinion of the Court in No. 86-1520, McLaughlin versus Richland Shoe Company will be announced by Justice Stevens.

John Paul Stevens:

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that a civil enforcement action be commenced within two years after the cause of action accrued unless the violation was willful in which event the statute of limitations is three years.

There's a conflict among the Courts of Appeals as to the proper meaning of the word, “proper standard” to use in interpreting the word “willful”.

And for reasons stated in an opinion filed with the clerk today, we resolved that conflict by agreeing with the approach taken by the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and affirm its judgment in this case.

Justice Marshall has filed a dissenting opinion joined by Justice Brennan and Justice Blackmun.