Amy Lane Hurwitz

Amy Lane Hurwitz

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Ninth Circuit Reverses Order Striking Class Allegations in Microsoft Xbox Case

The Ninth Circuit reversed an order striking class allegations against Microsoft reasoning that the Washington district court misapplied its precedent and thereby abused its discretion. Plaintiffs alleged that a design defect...more

5/5/2015 - Abuse of Discretion Appeals Class Certification Design Defects Microsoft Putative Class Actions Video Games Xbox

Middle District of Florida Remands Insurance Coverage Class Action, Reasoning Amount In Controversy Is Determined From Value Of...

The value of the claim at issue, not the value of the policy limit, is considered for purposes of determining the amount in controversy in an insurance coverage class action. That, the Middle District of Florida found, is the...more

4/30/2015 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Insurance Litigation Reimbursements Subject Matter Jurisdiction

District Court for the District of Columbia Finds CAFA Jurisdiction Exists; Denies Remand For Lack of Local Controversy

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion to remand an action removed pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”), where the plaintiff failed to show CAFA’s local controversy exception...more

3/5/2015 - CAFA Class Action Local Controversy Exception Remand

Florida District Court Rejects Motion To Strike But Allows Pre-Certification Standing Challenge In Snack Food Labeling Case

Before class certification hearings occur in the Southern District of Florida, defendants may not challenge plaintiff’s class allegations via Rule 12(f) motions to strike but may challenge plaintiff’s standing via motions to...more

2/4/2015 - Class Action Class Certification Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Motion To Strike Standing

Ohio District Court Limits American Pipe Tolling Doctrine

The District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently limited the American Pipe tolling doctrine in a fraud suit arising out of the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”). Plaintiffs’ 2011 Ohio...more

11/6/2014 - American Pipe Tolling Doctrine Putative Class Actions RMBS Securities Fraud Statute of Repose Tolling

Third Circuit Denies Employees’ Petition For Rehearing In Class Arbitration Case

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week denied a petition for rehearing by the panel and the Court en banc in the Opalinski v Robert Half International, Inc. matter, where last month it held that the availability of...more

8/29/2014 - Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers

The Third Circuit Joins The Sixth And Holds That The Availability Of Class Arbitration Is A Substantive Question Of Arbitrability...

“Because of the fundamental differences between classwide and individual arbitration, and the consequences of proceeding with one rather than the other, … the availability of classwide arbitration is a substantive ‘question...more

8/14/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers

7th Circuit Vacates Decision Declining To Certify Consumer Class Against Roofing Shingle Manufacturer Based On Incorrect Reading...

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a decision declining to certify a consumer class against IKO Manufacturing, in which the district court wrote that “commonality of damages” is essential, reasoning that the...more

7/16/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Comcast Comcast v. Behrend Dukes v Wal-Mart SCOTUS Wal-Mart

Preemptive Strike Terminates Nationwide Product Defect Class In Louisiana

A Louisiana District Court struck plaintiff’s class allegations in a putative nationwide class of Mercedes vehicle owners finding plaintiff failed to meet his burden of proving predominance, superiority and...more

6/17/2014 - Class Action Mercedes-Benz Predominance Requirement Putative Class Actions Superiority Claims

Speculative Expert Testimony Fails To Satisfy Plaintiff’s Light Numerosity Burden

The relatively light burden of proving numerosity under Rule 23(a) cannot be satisfied with speculative testimony, even if an expert does the speculating, says the Southern District of Florida. In a putative class...more

5/21/2014 - Evidence Numerosity Rule 23 Testimony

Court Rejects Two Common Methods Of Proving Reliance On Class-Wide Basis

Plaintiffs in a securities fraud class action containing over 2,000 individual investors were unable to convince a New York District Court that the reliance element of their claims was susceptible to a common method of proof...more

4/30/2014 - Circumstantial Evidence Class Action Class Certification Presumption of Reliance Rule Securities Fraud

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: Complimentary Roles Of Inside And Outside Counsel

This continues our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. Inside and outside counsel should have different but complimentary roles in...more

10/14/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Corporate Counsel Litigation Strategies Outside Counsel

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