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Dismissal of Individual Claims Cap Insurer’s Winning Streak in Action Challenging FIA Product Features

In May, the Southern District of California handed ING a win in a case involving allegations that the company targeted seniors with annuities that hid an embedded derivative structure that made them worth less than promised....more

The Continuing Saga Of Standing In Data Breach Class Actions: The 8th Circuit Weighs In

We previously reported on the developing circuit split over Article III standing in data breach class action cases. In August, the D.C. Circuit Court joined the Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in finding that the...more

Still Standing: Ninth Circuit Again Finds Standing in Spokeo Remand

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its latest opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the closely-watched putative class action dating back to 2010. The plaintiff initiated the lawsuit against Spokeo, which aggregates publicly...more

SEC Seeks Public Comments on Standards of Conduct for Investment Advisors and Broker-Dealers

On June 1, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement seeking comments from interested parties regarding the standards of conduct for investment advisers and broker-dealers providing investment advice to retail investors....more

Class Action and Regulatory Settlements Reflect the Rising Cost of Data Breaches

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, so too do the costs. After a breach occurs, companies typically expend significant sums conducting investigations, notifying customers and regulators, and engaging in...more

Next Stop the Supreme Court?: Circuit Court Extends American Pipe Tolling to Preserve Class Claims

The Ninth Circuit recently held that plaintiffs whose claims were tolled during the pendency of two class actions were not time-barred from bringing a third related putative class action when the first two classes were not...more

Nationwide Class Claims Under A Single State’s Consumer Protection Laws?

A flurry of recent consumer protection cases in California federal courts led to mixed results for defendants attempting to dismiss nationwide class claims based on the state’s choice of law rules. The U.S. District Court for...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Dual Citizenship Defeats CAFA Diversity

The Eleventh Circuit recently denied a petition to appeal an order remanding a putative class action to state court, finding the defendant corporations’ dual citizenship defeated minimal diversity under the Class Action...more

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

No Love For Proposed Consumer Class Settlements

Two consumer class actions recently hit a roadblock when courts denied final approval for class settlements. In In re Target Consumer Data Security Breach, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota preliminarily...more

Circuit Court Gives Red Light to TruGreen’s Motion to Compel Arbitration

The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a decision by the District Court for the Western District of Tennessee ordering arbitration in a putative class action lawsuit. Plaintiff brought a lawsuit against her lawn care services...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

FINRA Focus on Cybersecurity Continues

On November 14, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) imposed a $650,000 fine against Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation (Lincoln Financial) for its failure to implement adequate data security measures to...more

The Future of Standing in Data Breach Class Actions

In today’s world, as technology costs decrease and personal information becomes more valuable on the black market, data breaches have seemingly joined the ranks of death and taxes as certainties. Add to that litigation:...more

Ninety-Nine Problems but a Breach Ain’t One: Cybersecurity Lessons for Insurers

In the movie WallStreet , the character Gordon Gekko famously states that information is the most valuable commodity he knows. These days, the same could be said of data, which can now be bought, sold, and, increasingly,...more

Third Circuit Creates Framework for Analyzing Numerosity

The Third Circuit recently vacated class certification, granted by the Eastern District of Pennsylvania after nearly a decade of litigation, in an antitrust case alleging that a pharmaceutical company entered into agreements...more

Third Circuit Rejects Inflated-Value Theory of Damages, Declines to Certify Law School Tuition Class

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the denial of class certification in a suit alleging that a law school made misrepresentations about the employment status of its graduates, thereby inducing students to pay inflated...more

Illinois District Court Holds CAFA and Diversity Both Provide Federal Jurisdiction Over Class Actions

The Southern District of Illinois recently confirmed that traditional diversity jurisdiction and jurisdiction under the Class Act Fairness Act (CAFA) provide two separate means of obtaining federal jurisdiction over class...more

The Future of Class Actions: The Impact of Justice Scalia’s Death on Upcoming Rulings

There is no doubt that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have major repercussions on Supreme Court jurisprudence. A 30-year veteran of the Court, Justice Scalia was known for his originalist positions and...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

No Party for IRS: Court Certifies Class of Conservative Nonprofits

If you thought that the political controversy over alleged IRS targeting of Tea Party organizations was confined to the media, think again – the issue has reached the courts. The Southern District of Ohio recently granted...more

Court Allows Class Member Self-Identification Where Employer Failed to Retain Records

The Northern District of California recently certified a class of employees in an action against an auto parts store for failure to reimburse expenses. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant required certain management-level...more

California District Court Certifies Classes of Fixed Index Annuities Purchasers

The Southern District of California recently certified California and multistate classes of annuities purchasers in a case challenging the allegedly abusive design, execution, and pricing of fixed index annuities (FIA). The...more

Second Circuit’s Policy Language Interpretation Leaves Insurer Down in the Dumps

So this dump truck can’t make it through an overpass on I-90; the crash knocks the dump box off the truck and into the road. Five minutes later (or 30 seconds, if you believe some people), along comes Mr. Itzkowitz, with his...more

Defects More Than Cosmetic: Beauty Product Purchasers Fail to Satisfy Rule 23

The Southern District of New York recently denied class certification in a consolidated putative class action against a cosmetics company for breach of contract, false advertising, unfair competition, deceptive acts and...more

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