Neal Walters

Neal Walters

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Third Circuit Requires Affidavit of Merit in Products Liability Case Against Residential Homebuilder

In a case of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey’s Product Liability Act when the homeowner...more

12/19/2013 - Architecture Construction Litigation Design Defects Inadequate Warning Professional Liability Real Estate Market

Third Circuit Vacates Class Certification, Reaffirms Plaintiff’s Burden To Prove Readily Ascertainable Class

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reaffirmed the importance of requiring a plaintiff in a class action to show there is a reliable and administratively feasible method for ascertaining who...more

8/14/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Wal-Mart Warranties

Third Circuit Vacates Class Certification, Reaffirms Plaintiff's Burden To Prove Readily Ascertainable Class

In Hayes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., plaintiff alleged that Wal-Mart, through its retail warehouse Sam’s Club, violated the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, breached its contracts with consumers, and was unjustly enriched by...more

8/7/2013 - Breach of Contract Breach of Warranty Consumer Fraud Unjust Enrichment

Federal Court Precludes Defendant’s Class Certification Expert

In a rare and cautionary opinion, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey has precluded the testimony and report of an expert proffered by a defendant in opposition to certification in a consumer product class...more

3/7/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Daubert Hearing Expert Witness

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