WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge has set a 2015 trial date for a class-action suit against the owners of Northeast Pennsylvania McDonald’s franchises over debit card payments.
Thursday’s order by President Judge Thomas F. Burke Jr. denied a motion by lawyers for the fast-food restaurants, in which they proposed a schedule under which the matter could go to trial by November. They also argued that the parties have had “reasonable time” to conduct discovery, and that a proposal by plaintiff Natalie Gunshannon and her legal team to continue taking depositions until June would be needlessly costly.
Burke’s timetable would have the trial starting in March, and he set an Aug. 1 deadline for all responses to discovery.
Dallas Township resident Gunshannon, a former employee of the Dallas Highway restaurant, filed suit in June against Clarks Summit-based franchisees Albert and Carol Mueller, trading as McDonald’s, alleging that she and other employees had been paid with fee-heavy Chase Bank debit cards that effectively lowered their earnings.