Kristin Ann Shepard

Kristin Ann Shepard

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Insurance Balance Billing Class Fails Rule 23’s Requirements

Plaintiff filed a putative class action in Arkansas state court against his automobile insurer for alleged failure to pay the full amount it was contractually required to pay for his medical bills following a car accident. ...more

1/30/2015 - Auto Insurance CAFA Car Accident Class Action Insurance Industry Insurance Litigation Putative Class Actions Rule 23

Eighth Circuit Decertifies Four FDCPA Classes Where District Court Failed to Conduct Rigorous Analysis Required by Wal-Mart...

The Eighth Circuit recently held that a district court abused its discretion by certifying four classes of Nebraska consumers in an action against a debt collector and its attorneys for alleged violations of the Fair Debt...more

1/29/2015 - Abuse of Discretion Class Action Class Certification Decertify FDCPA Pleading Standards

Expect Focus - Spot The Regulator, Volume IV, Fall 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Crisis Management: Five Steps to Take Before Providing That Comment - LIFE INSURANCE ..Third Circuit Limits ERISA Fiduciary Liability to those with Ultimate...more

1/16/2015 - Automotive Loans CFTC Class Action Consumer Complaint System Data Breach Divorce Driverless Cars FCC Healthcare HIPAA Insurance Industry Life Insurance Money Market Funds Mortgages NAIC Private Equity Funds STOLI Unsolicited Faxes

Will 2015 Be The Year of the Data Breach Class Action?: Target Data Breach Claims Survive Motions to Dismiss

Various media outlets dubbed 2014 “the Year of the Data Breach.” Unfortunately for businesses, breach of their secure systems by hackers may be only the beginning of the bad news – which often culminates in class action...more

1/14/2015 - Banks Class Action Complex Litigation Data Breach Debit and Credit Card Transactions Multidistrict Litigation Putative Class Actions Retailers Target

California’s Northern District Bucks Standing Trend in Data Breach Class Action

A recent California federal district court order may prove a massive boon to data breach class action plaintiffs. The Northern District of California order, issued in In re Adobe Systems, Inc. Privacy Litigation, denied...more

1/7/2015 - Adobe Class Action Data Breach Hackers Personally Identifiable Information Popular Standing

Will Any Matters Addressed at the NAIC’s 2014 Fall National Meeting Reach the Playoffs?

Like hopeful NCAA college football teams, several matters affecting life and annuity products looked, in 2014, like they would make the playoffs and finally be resolved in early 2015. - The review of Principle-Based...more

1/7/2015 - Insurance Industry NAIC

Third Circuit Weighs In On Burden of Proof and Evidentiary Standards Applicable to Cases Removed Under CAFA

Days before the Supreme Court’s decision addressing the requirements for CAFA notices of removal in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, the Third Circuit addressed the evidentiary requirements for surviving a...more

12/31/2014 - Amount in Controversy CAFA Class Action Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co. v. Owens Diversity Jurisdiction Federal Jurisdiction Jurisdiction Preponderance of the Evidence Removal SCOTUS

Ninth Circuit Holds California Can’t Double-Dip By Seeking Restitution for Citizens Bound By Class Settlement

In the wake of a nationwide class action settlement of litigation against a manufacturer of a test claimed to accurately predict the gender of a fetus, the State of California (“State”) brought an enforcement action against...more

12/8/2014 - Anti-Injunction Act CAFA Class Action Drug Manufacturers Enforcement Actions Manufacturers Privity of Contract Restitution Settlement

Ninth and Tenth Circuits Address Removal Under CAFA's "Mass Action" and "State Action" Provisions

In Corber v. Xanodyne Pharmaceuticals, the Ninth Circuit – on rehearing en banc –examined the applicability of the “mass action” provision of CAFA, which provides federal jurisdiction for any civil action in which monetary...more

12/5/2014 - CAFA Class Action Drug Manufacturers Employer Group Health Plans En Banc Review Federal Jurisdiction Health Insurance Prescription Drugs Removal

California District Court Denies Certification Where Putative Class Members Lack Standing and Plaintiff Fails to Conduct Extensive...

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California recently denied class certification in a case alleging wrongdoing by a loan servicer in connection with the Home Affordable Modification Program...more

11/26/2014 - Choice-of-Law Foreclosure HAMP Loan Modification Agreements Loan Modifications Mortgage Servicers Putative Class Actions Standing

Magistrate Permits Defendants to Depose 196 Absent Class Members

In a class action involving claims of uncompensated, pre-shift off-the-clock work, a California federal magistrate denied plaintiffs’ motion for a protective order to prevent defendants from taking 196 depositions of absent...more

10/31/2014 - Class Action Discovery Employer Liability Issues Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Court Grants Motion to Strike Class Allegations

In granting a recent motion to strike class allegations, the Northern District of Illinois made two notable observations about such motions: first, they are not disfavored, but rather an appropriate device for determining...more

10/29/2014 - Class Action Employer Liability Issues FLSA Motion To Strike Putative Class Actions Wage and Hour

Northern District of California Grants Certification of Antitrust Class in 15 of 16 Jurisdictions Pursuant to Dukes and Comcast;...

In a recent case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, plaintiffs brought a putative class action against various defendants involved in milk production, alleging they violated the...more

10/6/2014

District Court Certifies TCPA Class Over Objections to Adequacy of Named Plaintiff and Individualized Issues of Consent

A New York federal district court, after holding an evidentiary hearing, certified a class for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Plaintiff alleged that the defendant, a collection agency,...more

10/3/2014 - Cell Phones Class Action Consent Do Not Call List Spam TCPA Telemarketing

District Court Certifies Class Challenging ERISA Plan Amendment

The Eastern District of Michigan has certified a class of ERISA plan participants challenging an amendment which, in attempt to address the plan’s underfunded status, reduced their monthly disability payments. The Court...more

10/2/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Disability Disability Benefits ERISA Retirement

Seventh Circuit Addresses Burden of Proof Under CAFA’s Home State Exception, Affirms Denial of Remand and Award of Costs to...

The Seventh Circuit recently addressed the applicability of the home state exception under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”). The case arose from health insurer Right Choice Insurance Company’s withdrawal from the...more

9/10/2014 - CAFA Class Action Home State Exception Remand

California District Court Denies Motion to Strike Rule 68 Offer of Judgment to Putative Class Representative, But Grants Motions...

In a recent case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, a plaintiff brought a putative class action alleging that defendants, a creditor and a debt collection firm, sent debt collection...more

9/8/2014 - Creditors Debt Collectors FDCPA Late Notices Putative Class Actions Rule 68

Fourth Circuit Vacates Certification of Five Classes as "Manifestly Improper"

Plaintiffs, alleged owners of an interest in coalbed methane gas (“CBM”), brought five related putative class actions against defendants, CBM producers, for alleged failure to pay royalties and for a declaration that owners...more

9/5/2014 - Class Certification Coal Methane Oil & Gas Putative Class Actions Royalties

Ninth Circuit Finds Self-Identification By Class Members Does Not Satisfy Ascertainability Under Rule 23

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a district court’s denial of class certification where a plaintiff failed to propose a plan to ascertain class members and therefore did not satisfy the manageability...more

8/8/2014 - Ascertainable Class Class Action Class Certification FACTA Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23

14 Days Or Bust: Fourth Circuit Bolsters “Rigid And Inflexible Rule” For Appealing Certification Orders

Artful attempts to appeal a class certification order beyond fourteen days will not impress the Fourth Circuit. In Nucor, the district court certified two classes relating to substantive allegations of racial discrimination....more

8/7/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Discrimination Interlocutory Appeals Racial Discrimination

Second Circuit Doubles Down on Rule Preventing Non-Settling Parties from Objecting to Class Settlement

The robustness of the rule preventing non-settling defendants from objecting to a class settlement has received a boost from the Second Circuit. The class settlement at issue involved the claims of investors against a hedge...more

7/10/2014 - Bernie Madoff Class Action Enforcement Enforcement Actions Ponzi Scheme Settlement

DC Circuit Holds Named Plaintiff Who Settles Individual Claims Retains Standing To Appeal Denial Of Class Certification

In Stephens, two former pilots brought a putative class action lawsuit against their employer airline and their retirement plan, alleging that a delay in paying retirement benefits and failure to pay interest during the delay...more

7/10/2014 - ERISA Putative Class Actions Retirement Plan Settlement

Federal Court Addresses American Pipe Tolling, Finding Statute of Limitations on Class Claims Accrued Upon Forum Non Conveniens...

A Delaware federal district court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims on statute of limitations grounds, rejecting plaintiffs’ argument that the claims had been tolled under the principles of...more

6/17/2014 - Forum Non Conveniens FSIA Jurisdiction Putative Class Actions Tolling

District Court Rejects Nationwide Class, But Certifies California-Only Consumer Class After Conducting Rigorous Analysis of...

In Werdebaugh v. Blue Diamond Growers, the plaintiff brought suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to certify a nationwide class of consumers who purchased Blue Diamond almond milk...more

6/13/2014 - Blue Diamond Growers Class Action Class Certification Comcast Comcast v. Behrend False Advertising Food Labeling Rule 23(b)(3)

Courts Reject Attempts to Pick Off Named Plaintiffs Via Offers Of Judgment

Following the Supreme Court’s 2012 recognition of concurrent federal and state jurisdiction over Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) class actions in Mims v. Arrow Financial Services, federal courts have issued...more

6/12/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Litigation Strategies Offer of Judgment TCPA

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