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2011_05_lawsuitbabbo.jpgLast July, a group of disgruntled workers filed a lawsuit against Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, accusing the restaurateurs of wage violations. This week, a judge gave the plaintiffs in the suit permission to file their case as a class action lawsuit involving all of the duo's eight New York area restaurants, not just the five they work at. Pretty much all of the restaurateurs' tipped workers will get a notice inviting them to join. Those curious can read the filing here (PDF). [EaterWire]