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How to Handle Claims Brought by a Class Representative Under Laws of a Different State: Lessons from the Northern District of...

Arroyo v. TP-Link USA Corporation (N.D. Cal.) presents a varied opinion on the viability of class claims under California law, particularly as brought by a non-California class representative. Plaintiff, a Florida resident,...more

10/13/2015 - Breach of Warranty Class Action Class Representatives Consumers Legal Remedies Act Express Warranty False Advertising Motion to Dismiss Putative Class Actions Unfair Competition

Eleventh Circuit Doubles Down on “No Class Tolling” Rule

The Eleventh Circuit has doubled down on its prior holding that a pending class action will not toll the statute of limitations for a later class action seeking to represent the same class. Plaintiff brought a class action...more

8/13/2015 - Class Action Statute of Limitations TCPA Tolling

Nevada Federal District Court Follows National Trend, Dismisses Data Breach Class Action for Lack of Standing

In granting a motion to dismiss a data breach putative class action lawsuit, the District of Nevada joined the majority of federal district courts in holding that plaintiffs whose personal information was stolen lack Article...more

6/17/2015 - Article III Class Action Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Hackers Motion to Dismiss Personally Identifiable Information Putative Class Actions Standing Starbucks Zappos

A Tale of Two Annuities: Exchange of Variable for Fixed Annuity Integral in SLUSA Dismissal

After attending an annuity seminar, Robert and Diane Ruud exchanged their variable annuity for a fixed annuity sold by PHL Variable. According to the Ruuds, seminar provider John Friendshuh represented the fixed annuity as...more

6/17/2015 - Annuities Broker Commissions Class Action Consumer Fraud Insurance Industry Life Insurance PHL Variable Insurance Company Putative Class Actions Securities SLUSA Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Class Action Plaintiffs’ Failure to Appear at Deposition Deemed Not Prejudicial Enough for Dismissal

In a class action brought against Amtrak, two plaintiffs, Guerra and Whitesides, both of whom had submitted declarations in support of plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, failed to appear at their scheduled...more

5/21/2015 - Amtrak Class Action Depositions Dismissal With Prejudice Railways Willful Misconduct

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

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

Second Circuit Affirms Certification of Consumer Debt Collection Class, Distinguishing Comcast v. Behrend

These cases, on a consolidated appeal, involved three defendants: a company that purchased consumer debts, a debt collection law firm, and a process server. Plaintiffs had each been sued in various debt collection actions by...more

2/27/2015 - Case Consolidation Class Action Class Certification Comcast v. Behrend Consumer Fraud Debt Buyers Debt Collection Default Judgment FDCPA Fraud RICO

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

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 Employer Group Health Plans En Banc Review Federal Jurisdiction Health Insurance Pharmaceutical Industry Prescription Drugs Removal

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

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

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

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 Race Discrimination

Expect Focus - Catching The Next Wave, Regulatory and Litigation Developments - Volume II, Spring 2014

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions? - LIFE INSURANCE ..How to Fight a STOLI Scheme: Court Rulings Offer Clues ..STOA Schemes Face...more

7/22/2014 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions PBGC Private Equity Property Insurance SEC Title Insurance

How to Fight a STOLI Scheme: Court Rulings Offer Clues

Two recent court decisions provide potential road maps for insurers in the fight against Stranger-Originated Life Insurance (STOLI) schemes. Ohio Nat’l Life Assurance Corp. v. Davis involved a STOLI scheme so obvious that...more

7/15/2014 - Insurance Industry Life Insurance STOLI

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

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

Court Strikes Class Allegations Against Lender And Foreclosure Service Providers For Failure To Satisfy Rule 23(a)(2)’S...

The Northern District of Illinois recently granted a motion to strike class allegations prior to class discovery. Plaintiff mortgagor alleged, inter alia, that in foreclosure proceedings, defendants engaged in unfair and...more

5/16/2014 - Class Action Commonality Debt Collection FDCPA Foreclosure Lenders Mortgages

Issue Of Gmail Users’ Consent To Google’s Email-Interception Practices Defeats Class Certification

Google recently scored a big victory in its battle against claims that it is illegally intercepting and scanning the content of emails in order to provide personalized advertisements to Gmail users. Plaintiffs in the various...more

4/14/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Email Google

Must Claims Severed From A CAFA Class Action Be Remanded To State Court? The Fifth Circuit Says No.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana filed a class action to recover under homeowners’ insurance policies that the state had received by assignment through a disaster relief program. The insurers successfully...more

4/9/2014 - Assignments CAFA Class Action Homeowner's Insurance Jurisdiction Qualified Disaster Relief Payments

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