David Cannella

David Cannella

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District Courts Find Impermissible “Fail-Safe” Class Definitions But Deny Motions to Strike Class Allegations

Two recent decisions from the Eastern District of Illinois involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), decided a day apart, provided valuable insight as how this court will respond to motions to strike class...more

9/29/2016 - Advertising ATDS Class Action Faxes Motion To Strike Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions TCPA Telemarketing Unsolicited Faxes

Seventh Circuit Strikes Again – Rejects Settlement In Shareholder Deal Litigation

In yet another strongly-worded opinion, the Seventh Circuit rejected the proposed settlement of a Walgreens’ shareholder strike suit in which the class obtained “worthless” supplemental disclosures but class counsel received...more

9/1/2016 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Class Action Corporate Counsel Delaware General Corporation Law Settlement Offer Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Supplemental Disclosures Walgreens

“Placeholder” Motions to Certify are Unnecessary after Campbell-Ewald According to South Carolina District Court

Relying on the Supreme Court’s 2016 opinion in Campbell-Ewald, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina ruled that a class action plaintiff need not file a “placeholder” motion to certify to avoid a...more

8/12/2016 - Campbell Ewald v Gomez Class Action Class Certification Mootness Offer of Judgment Rule 23 Rule 68 TCPA

Smooth Operators: Seventh Circuit Untangles Objections and Affirms Settlement of Hair Product Class

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a class settlement over objection in a case involving a hair-smoothing product (“the Smoothing Kit”) that allegedly destroyed users’ hair and burned their scalps. Plaintiffs sued...more

4/18/2016 - Class Action Class Members Reimbursements Settlement Agreements Unilever

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

2/15/2016 - Ascertainable Class CAFA Chobani Inc Class Action Class Certification ConAgra Dietary Supplements FDCA Food Contamination Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Natural Products Ocean Spray Organic Preemption Rule 23(b)(3) Standing

California Court Gives Ford SUV Tailgate Class the Boot

Plaintiffs from California, New Jersey, and Florida claimed their 2002-2005 Ford Explorers, Mercury Mountaineers, and Lincoln Aviators suffered from a common design defect: the plastic appliqué just below the flip-glass on...more

12/18/2015 - Automotive Industry Class Action Design Defects Expert Testimony Ford Motor

Third Circuit Reverses Denial of Class Certification in Complete Sham Telemarketing RICO Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the denial of class certification in a case brought against a bank and its payment processors that allegedly engaged in a fraudulent scheme to cause...more

9/18/2015 - ACH Payments Appeals Bank Accounts Banking Sector Banks Class Action Class Certification Financial Institutions Fraud Fraudulent Transfers Payment Processors Racketeering RICO Rule 23(b)(3) SCOTUS Telemarketing Wal-Mart

Rice Capades: Court Certifies a Class of Lead Lawyers Against Defendant Law Firms Who Allegedly Used the Class’s Work Product in...

The Eastern District of Missouri certified an unusual class of lawyers and their clients who undertook a collective effort to litigate claims against Bayer related to the purported “contamination” of the U.S. rice supply by...more

8/10/2015 - Agricultural Land Attorney's Fees Bayer Class Action Class Certification Genetically Engineered Seed GMO Rule 23(b)(3) Trusts

All About That Base: Claim Against Fat Loss Supplement Maker Fails For Lack of Ascertainability

Adam Karhu bought a dietary supplement called VPX Meltdown Fat Incinerator (“Meltdown”) in reliance on advertising by Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“VPX”) that Meltdown would result in fat loss. Concerned that Meltdown did not...more

6/25/2015 - Ascertainable Class Class Action Class Certification False Advertising Humana Motion for Reconsideration Pharmaceutical Industry Vital Pharmaceuticals Weight-Loss Products

“Game Over”: Aliens vs. Consumer Class Action

Two video game enthusiasts brought a consumer class action suit against Sega of America, Inc. (“Sega”) and Gearbox Software, LLC (“Gearbox”) for their alleged disappointment in the quality of the video game “Aliens: Colonial...more

5/28/2015 - Ascertainable Class Class Action Class Certification Sega Video Games Young Lawyers

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad: Kansas District Court Certifies Settlement Class and Grants Preliminary Approval but Rejects Notice by...

A boy fell through the vinyl guardrail his father installed on the second story deck of their home. After settling his son’s personal injury claims, the father sued Home Depot and the guardrail manufacturer on behalf of...more

4/30/2015 - Class Action Home Depot Product Defects Rule 23 Settlement Negotiations Written Notice

Running on Empty: Defective Gas Class Sputters in Louisiana District Court

The Middle District of Louisiana denied certification of a putative class bringing claims for redhibition and unjust enrichment against Exxon Mobil Corporation (“Exxon”). Plaintiffs allegedly purchased gasoline refined at...more

4/2/2015 - Ascertainable Class Class Action Exxon Mobil Oil & Gas Predominance Requirement Putative Class Actions Rule Rule 23(b)(3) Unjust Enrichment

Illinois District Court Denies Certification of Class in TCPA Claim for Lack of Typicality, Adequacy, Numerosity and...

The Northern District of Illinois denied certification of a class in a claim brought pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. Sec. 227. Plaintiff alleged that defendant violated the TCPA by...more

3/6/2015 - Ascertainable Class Class Action Faxes TCPA Unsolicited Faxes

Northern District of California Adopts Flexible Approach To Analyzing Pre-Certification Standing Issues

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California partially granted and partially denied a motion to dismiss based on the standing of 18 named plaintiffs from 13 different states seeking class...more

2/5/2015 - Cell Phones Class Action Class Certification Standing

Seventh Circuit Rejects Another Settlement With Disproportionate Attorney Fees Compared to Class Member Benefits

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a class action settlement because class counsel would have received generous attorney fees for conferring only meager benefits to the class. Writing for the Court, just as he did...more

12/9/2014 - Appeals Attorney's Fees Class Action False Advertising Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements Nutritional Supplements Richard Posner

Exaggeration of Counsel’s Class Action Experience Draws Rule 11 Sanction

New York District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin found class counsel’s allegation that they were experienced and competent was false because they could not provide any case in which they were certified as class counsel or...more

8/15/2014 - Class Action False Statements Rule 11 Sanctions

Ohio District Court Strikes Impermissible "Fail-Safe" Class Allegations

In a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) case, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio struck plaintiff’s class action allegations because Plaintiff proposed a “fail-safe” class in which...more

5/20/2014 - Cell Phones Class Action CVS Putative Class Actions TCPA Validity

California District Court Invalidates Opt-Outs And Orders Employer To Issue A Curative Notice To Employees Regarding A Putative...

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in a wage and hour class action, found that the employer’s written communication to putative class member employees about the action, which included an opt-out...more

5/2/2014 - Class Action Employer Liability Issues Opt-Outs Putative Class Actions Wage and Hour

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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