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A Not-So-Modest Proposal: Class Action Changes Could Have Big Impact

Like many things these days, the legal landscape is changing. One target is class action litigation. Some important new proposals have the potential to dramatically alter class actions in the near future. In particular, these...more

Back to the Future: 2017 [Expect Focus Life Insurance – December 2016]

- Should Your Company Purchase Bitcoin to Pay a Cyber Ransom? - NAIC Draws Line in CFPB Sandbox - NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017 - Broker-Dealers Can Hold Customers’ Initial Checks...more

NAIC’s Big Data Task Force Sets Charges for 2017

The NAIC’s Market Regulation Committee recently adopted three broad charges developed by the Big Data Task Force. Formerly a "working group," the new "task force" designation reflects the entity’s more formalized and enduring...more

Adding to Circuit Split, Divided Ninth Circuit Finds Concerted Action Waiver in Ernst & Young’s Employment Agreement Unenforceable...

Ernst & Young’s (“E&Y”) employment agreements contained “separate proceedings” and arbitration provisions, which together required that disputes be resolved individually through arbitration, rather than collectively through...more

NTIS Mandates New Requirements to Access the Death Master File

In June, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) promulgated a final rule setting out the requirements to become certified to access the Death Master File (DMF). The final rule amends the DMF certification program...more

Eleventh Circuit’s Liberal Reading of Bonner Mall a Game Changer for Class Actions?

An Eleventh Circuit panel recently vacated two district court orders after sending the parties to mediation, and after the parties’ conditioned settlement on vacatur of the orders. In Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v....more

Court Orders Additional Notice to Class Regarding Counsel’s Request for Fees Based on Work Performed Following Initial Fee Award

The Northern District of Illinois vacated its grant of fees to class counsel for work performed following an initial fee award, finding that Rule 23(h) required notice to the class regarding counsel’s new fee request, even...more

Declined: Second Circuit Panel Shreds Visa and MasterCard Antitrust Settlement

A Second Circuit panel rejected the settlement reached between defendants Visa, MasterCard, and various banks, and plaintiffs, approximately 12 million merchants who alleged the principally identical network rules of Visa and...more

Florida Imposes Additional Unclaimed Property Requirements on Life Insurers

On April 12, Florida Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 0966 into law. SB 0966 amends the insurance benefits provisions of Florida’s Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, Fl. Stat. Section 717.107. These amendments effectively...more

Court Holds Notice of Removal Filed 128 Days After Service of Complaint Was Timely Under CAFA

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand, holding that defendants’ notice of removal, filed 128 days after service of the complaint, was timely because neither the complaint...more

Questions About Delivery Drivers’ Employee/Independent Contractor Status Preclude Commonality and Predominance Findings

A New Jersey district court denied certification of a putative class of furniture delivery drivers and helpers employed by various transportation companies (the “Driver/Helpers”) and individuals who owned those transportation...more

2015 Food Industry Decisions With Bite

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others...more

FTC's Big Data Report Provides Road Map for Insurers Using Big Data

On January 6, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") released a report entitled "Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues" ("Report") that follows the FTC's September 15, 2014 workshop on "the...more

Bill to Amend Florida’s Unclaimed Property Act Regarding Unclaimed Insurance Benefits Moves to Senate Floor

On January 19, the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a Senate bill (“SB 966”) that would modify Florida’s existing Unclaimed Property Act (the “Act”) requirements regarding unclaimed insurance benefits....more

Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, Passes House and Heads to Senate

On January 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a 211-188 vote along party lines, H.R. 1927, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016. The bill would amend U.S....more

eCommerce Regulation, Bitcoin, Anti-Money Laundering, Shadow Insurance, 401(k) Litigation [Expect Focus – Vol. IV, Fall 2015]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - California Passes Life and Annuity Electronic Transactions Law LIFE INSURANCE - - Under a Spotlight, "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuit Fails Scrutiny - NAIC Evaluates Insurer’s Use of Variable...more

Solicitors Argue to U.S. Supreme Court That Vermont Health Care Reporting Law Is Not Preempted By ERISA

The Supreme Court will soon consider whether, as applied to self-insured health benefit plans or their third-party administrators, ERISA preempts a Vermont law requiring health care payers to report claims and other data to a...more

Michigan District Court Holds TCPA “Junk Fax” Class Ascertainable, Certifies Class

The Eastern District of Michigan recently certified a class of plaintiffs suing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), rejecting the defendants’ arguments that: (1) there would be “significant issues” identifying...more

NAIC's Market Regulation Committee Adopts Broad Charge to Explore Insurers' Big Data Use

On December 11, the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs (D) Committee (Market Reg Committee) of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted the following charge... ...more

Will the UK's Scrutiny of Insurers' Use of Big Data Impact U.S. Regulators?

On November 24, the United Kingdom's financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), issued a "Call for Inputs" regarding insurers' use of Big Data. The FCA asked for views, supported by examples and evidence, of...more

California District Court Holds Class Action Alleging Securities Act Claims Not Removable Under SLUSA

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently clarified the criteria for removal of a securities class action filed in state court under the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77a, et...more

Northern District of Texas Won’t Certify Class of GM Employees Alleging Religious Accommodation Claims

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas refused certify a class of GM employees alleging Title VII religious accommodation claims because the class was not ascertainable and plaintiffs failed to satisfy the...more

Catching Up To Insurers’ Use of Big Data

Various groups within the NAIC are beginning to study the way in which insurers are using big data. On the property and casualty front, the Market Regulation (D) (Market Reg) Committee is reviewing the use of big data in...more

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