Gary M. Pappas

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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

Nothing Shady Where State Statutory Language Restricting Class Actions is Clear

Six years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court stated in a plurality opinion that “Rule 23 unambiguously authorizes any plaintiff, in any federal proceeding, to maintain a class action if the Rule’s requirements are met” — even if the...more

9/26/2016 - Class Action Membership Interest Putative Class Actions Rule 23 Sam's Club

Cy Pres Standard Dispute Settled With Reasonable Approximation

The District Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether the “next best” or “reasonable approximation” standard should apply when the court evaluates proposed cy pres designations in class action...more

9/8/2016 - Charitable Organizations Citigroup Class Action Cy Pres Funds Financial Markets Financial Sector Securities Securities Fraud Securities Litigation Settlement Shareholders

No Repose for Debate on Applicability of American Pipe Tolling

In its seminal 1974 American Pipe opinion, the Supreme Court held that the commencement of a class action tolls the applicable statutes of limitation as to all putative class members who would have been parties had the class...more

9/2/2016 - American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah Bernie Madoff Class Action Investment Fraud JPMorgan Chase Ponzi Scheme Putative Class Actions Rule 23 Rules Enabling Act Securities Securities Exchange Act Securities Fraud Statute of Limitations Statute of Repose Tolling

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

Tablet Class Damages Model Doesn’t Tabulate … For Now

The Central District of California denied certification of a class that otherwise met the requirements of Rule 23 because the damages model proposed by plaintiff’s expert did not establish a reliable method for calculating...more

12/16/2015 - Children's Toys Class Action Class Certification Damages Rule 23

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

Eighth Circuit Affirms Denial of “Predominance” Class: The Long Arm of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act Does Not Reach...

In 2012, California resident Ronald Perras brought suit in federal district court against H&R Block and its affiliates (H&R), which are headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Perras alleged that H&R violated the Missouri...more

7/10/2015 - Class Action Class Certification Fees H&R Block Predominance Requirement

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

No Certification Where Class Representatives Have Conflicting Interests

Seventy-eight of the over 4,000 Michigan childcare providers who received state subsidies for offering services to low-income families voted to oppose having their union dues deducted from their subsidy payments. Six of the...more

5/29/2015 - Class Action Class Certification First Amendment Putative Class Actions Union Dues Wage and Hour

“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

Avon Calling: Employees Allege Overtime Exemption Misclassification

Avon categorizes all of its district service managers (DSMs) under the “administrative” exception of California law that requires employers to pay overtime wages. DSMs are the Avon employees who recruit and train the...more

5/19/2015 - Avon Class Action Dukes v Wal-Mart Independent Contractors Misclassification Rule 23(b)(3) Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

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

Sweet Ending for Plaintiffs in Food Labeling Class Action Against Ghirardelli

A California district court certified a Rule 23(b)(3) food labeling class action against chocolatier Ghirardelli and approved a proposed settlement. The genesis of Plaintiffs’ claim is that defendant mislabeled its “White...more

3/13/2015 - Class Action Food Labeling Food Manufacturers Settlement

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

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

Eleventh Circuit Affirms CAFA-Based Remand Order

Just two weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a CAFA-based remand order where the defendant failed to establish by a preponderance of the...more

1/14/2015 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens Diversity Jurisdiction Eli Lilly Federal Jurisdiction Incentive Compensation Jurisdiction Removal SCOTUS

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

California District Court Certifies TCPA Class Against Defaulted Defendant

The District Court for the Southern District of California certified a consumer class asserting violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by defendant Bennett Law, PLLC. Plaintiff alleged that she received...more

11/11/2014 - Class Action Class Certification FCC TCPA

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