Donald Frederico

Donald Frederico

Pierce Atwood LLP

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Shedding Light on the Vexing Problem of Issue Certification

This week I attended the annual Class Actions Seminar sponsored by DRI (the Defense Research Institute). It was an excellent program, covering many recent trends in class action practice of interest to corporate counsel and...more

7/31/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Professional Development Rule 23(b)(3)

First Circuit Upholds Use of Retained Asset Accounts in ERISA Class Action

On July 2, 2014, a unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that Unum Life Insurance Company’s practice of using Retained Asset Accounts (RAAs) to pay death benefits claims on group...more

7/10/2014 - Appeals Class Action Death Benefits ERISA Insurers Life Insurance Retained Asset Accounts

So you want to be a class action defense lawyer.

Not every litigator wants to learn class actions; in fact, most do not. After all, why would anyone want to get mired in the procedural morass of a class action when they could be spending their time handling cases that have...more

5/27/2014 - Class Action Law Practice Management Professional Development Rule 23 Young Lawyers

You Can't Always Get What You Want: D. Mass. Awards Small Fraction Of Requested Attorneys' Fees In ZIP Code Class Settlement

In an opinion reminiscent of the famous Rolling Stones song, Judge Richard Stearns on December 26th awarded plaintiffs' class counsel fees of $75,959.00 of a requested amount of $450,000 for work performed in connection with...more

1/10/2014 - Attorney's Fees Billable Hours Class Action Fee Awards JCPenney Lodestar Method Marketing Mass-Mailings Personally Identifiable Information Retailers

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