Christopher J. Eckhart
Mr. Eckhart’s practice is primarily devoted to defending clients in state and federal courts in matters involving labor and employment litigation, class actions and FLSA collective actions, claims alleging violations of the Federal Truth-in-Leasing Regulations, and general business litigation.
Prior to joining the firm, Christopher J. Eckhart served as law clerk for the Honorable Larry J. McKinney in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. While in law school, Mr. Eckhart was an Editor for the Indiana Law Review. Mr. Eckhart was also a Moot Court participant, a tutor of Civil Procedure and Criminal Law for the Dean's Tutorial Society, and a judicial intern in Indianapolis.
On The Road
- Class Action Update - Escaping the Eruption of Class and Collective Actions
Oct 19, 2017, Christopher J. Eckhart, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Transportation Brief: FLSA Conditional Certification Denied In Driver CaseMore on how Shell v. Pie Kingz, LLC could help transportation companies defend against proposed FLSA collective actions by drivers whose compensation, hours worked, and business expenses vary from week to week.
- Transportation Brief: Choice of Law Questions Continue in CaliforniaTransportation companies outside of California face difficult questions about whether California law applies to their California operations. Read more about a recent Ninth Circuit decision involving California’s minimum wage and overtime laws applying to non-California residents.
- Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Scopelitis Class Action DefenseOver the last 15 years, the transportation industry has been subject to an onslaught of wage-and-hour class actions. Legislative efforts like New Jersey’s efforts to adopt the ABC test for misclassification claims and California’s AB 5 ensure wage-and-hour class actions will continue to threaten transportation companies for the foreseeable future. As one of the few legal teams in the country to have successfully tried multiple class actions to verdict, Scopelitis is at the forefront when it comes to making and defending the law. Learn more.
- Law Alert: U.S. DOL Opinion: Sleeper Berth Time Spent Off Duty Is Not CompensableAn alert from Scopelitis' Labor & Employment team regarding the DOL's position on sleeper berth time.
- Law Alert: District Court Dismisses Meal and Rest Break Claims Based on FMCSA Preemption DecisionA decision that sets an important precedent for transportation companies facing meal and rest break claims in California. Read more from the Scopelitis Class Action Defense and Complex Litigation team.
- Scopelitis In the News: "Class Wage-and-Hour Litigation is an Ongoing Threat" August, 24, 2016, The Indiana LawyerScopelitis Partners Jim Hanson and Chris Eckhart on the dynamics of class and collective actions and what drives them and why they should be a chief concern of every company that wants to avoid high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Employers Beware: Burlington Northern v. White and the New Title VII Anti-Retaliation Standard" Indiana Law Review, Vol. 41:479Scopelitis Partner Chris Eckhart on employment discrimination claims for retaliation