Ah, class decertification in district court…the rarely glimpsed, late-harvest victory that comparatively few class action defense counsel can claim to have tasted. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California recently delivered one such victory for the 2016 vintage, decertifying a plaintiff class he originally certified in 2012 in a wage-and-hour litigation

 Sometimes, a case will come along that illustrates clearly a number of the different strategic choices that lawyers have to make when defending class actions. In Lightfoot v. District of Columbia, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1983 (D.D.C. Jan. 10, 2011), a group of former District employees sued the District of Columbia, "challenging the policies