Kristin Ann Shepard

Kristin Ann Shepard

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Does Rule 23(e) Require that Settlement Class Members Receive Notice of Modification to Cy Pres Remedy?

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently held that a modification to a settlement agreement was not subject to the procedural protections of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(e) because it would...more

5/27/2015 - Class Action Cy Pres Funds Department of Agriculture Indigenous Peoples Modification Native American Issues Rule 23

SCOTUS Accepts Certiorari to Address Article III Standing in “No-Injury” FCRA Class Action

On April 27, the Supreme Court accepted certiorari review in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 13-1339, to address whether consumers can establish Article III standing without actual harm or injury, by alleging a violation of a federal...more

5/4/2015 - Article III FCRA Right to Privacy SCOTUS Spokeo v Robins Standing

Data Breach Class Actions: Don’t Overlook Standing Defense Just Because Plaintiff Alleges Identity Theft

A New Jersey federal district court recently dismissed the putative class action claims of four plaintiffs against a health care defendant following the theft of two password-protected laptops allegedly containing personal...more

4/23/2015 - Article III Data Breach Health Care Providers HIPAA Passwords Privacy Policy Putative Class Actions

Regulatory Settlement Proves Major Obstacle for Certification of Minor Class of Google In-App Purchases

Google sells apps on its Play Store that allow users to make in-app purchases, typically the buying of “currency” for use in app-based games. This putative class action alleged that the games were aimed at minor children and...more

4/23/2015 - FTC Google Play Minors Mobile Apps Putative Class Actions Virtual Currency

Third Circuit to Plaintiffs’ Bar: Expert Testimony Necessary for Certification Must Satisfy Daubert

Plaintiff purchasers of traditional blood reagents, products that test the compatibility of donor blood with recipients, brought putative class actions claiming that two defendant companies conspired to fix prices in...more

4/23/2015 - Class Action Clinical Laboratories Daubert Standards Expert Testimony Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Price-Fixing Rule 23

Target Reaches Preliminary Settlement in Consumer Data Breach Class Action

Last week, a Minnesota federal district court granted a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement of putative consumer class action claims against Target in the wake of a data breach at the retailer over the 2013...more

3/27/2015 - Data Breach Proposal for Settlement Putative Class Actions Target

Certification of Minor Class Could Have Major Impact on Facebook

Plaintiffs, two minors who used their parents’ money to make purchases on Facebook without parental consent, brought a putative class action against the company, alleging its policy of representing purchases as non-refundable...more

3/27/2015 - Class Certification Facebook Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Minors Parental Consent Putative Class Actions Rule 23(b)(2) Terms of Service

Circuit Courts Address Impact of Arbitration Agreements on Labor Class and Collective Actions

In Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, plaintiffs, former employees of defendant, brought a collective action alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defendant responded by implementing a binding...more

3/27/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Collective Actions FLSA

Threat of Identity Theft is Not Enough: Another Data Breach Class Action Dismissed for Lack of Standing

Hewing to prior Third Circuit precedent in Reilly v. Ceridian and the Supreme Court’s precedent in Clapper v. Amnesty International, the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently joined the majority of federal district courts...more

3/27/2015 - Data Breach Dismissals Imminent Harm Personally Identifiable Information Popular Putative Class Actions Standing

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

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