Douglas et al v. First Student Inc
PER CURIAM ORDER re: notice of acceptance of certification from Supreme Court of Arkansas re 141 Certification of Issue to State Court. Opinion Delivered April 21, 2011. (vjt)
u.s. DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT ARKANSAS
SUPREME COURT OF ARKANSAS
NATE DOUGLAS, ET AL.,
Opinion Delivered April 21,2011
REQUEST TO CERTIFY QUESTION
FIRST STUDENT, INC.,
CERTIFIED QUESTION ACCEPTED.
In accordance with section 2(D)(3) of Amendment 80 to the Arkansas Constitution
and Rule 6-8 of the Rules of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of the State of
Arkansas, Honorable Susan Webber Wright of the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Arkansas filed a motion and certification order with our clerk on April 6,
2011. The certifYing court requests that we answer a question of law that may be
determinative of a cause now pending in the certifYing court, and it appears to the certifYing
court that there is no controlling precedent in the decisions of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
After a review of the certifYing court's analysis and explanation of the need for this
court to answer the question oflaw presently pending in that court, we accept certification
of the following question, as
1) What is the statute oflimitations for causes of action involving the violation of the
Arkansas Minimum Wage Act, codified at Arkansas Code Annotated section 11-4
201, et seq.?
This per curiam order constitutes notice of our acceptance of the certification of the
question of law. For purposes of the pending proceeding in this court, the following
requirements are imposed:
A. Time limits under Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-4 will be calculated from the date of this per
curiam order accepting certification. The plaintiffs in the underlying action, Nate
Douglas and others, are designated the moving party and will be denoted as the
"Petitioners," and their brief is due thirty days from the date of this per curiam; the
defendant, First Student, Inc., shall be denoted as the "Respondent," and its briefshall
be due thirty days after the filing ofPetitioners' brief. Petitioners may file a reply brief
within fifteen days after Respondents' brief is filed.
B. The briefs shall comply with this court's rules as in other cases except for the briefs'
content. Only the following items required in Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-2(a) shall be included:
(3) Point on appeal which shall correspond to the certified question of law to be
answered in the federal district court's certification order.
(4) Table of authorities.
(6) Statement of the case which shall correspond to the facts relevant to the certified
question oflaw as stated in the federal district court's certification order.
(9) Cover for briefs.
C. Oral argument will only be permitted if this court concludes that it will be helpful
for presentation of the issue.
D. Ark. Sup. Ct. R. 4-6 with respect to amicus curiae briefs will apply.
E. This matter will be processed as any case on appeal.
F. Rule XIV of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar shall apply to the attorneys
for the Petitioners and Respondents.
Pursuant to Arkansas Supreme Court Rule 6-8(d), we request that the parties include
in an Addendum the following pleadings; the complaint, the answer, if any; the motion to
. dismiss; and any responses, replies, and briefs in support thereof In addition, if the parties
believe that any additional pleadings will be useful to our understanding of the legal issues
presented in this certified question, those pleadings should be included as well.
Certified Question Accepted.
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