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Want to Settle Before Class Certification? The Supreme Court Raises the Stakes

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a putative class action case, that an unaccepted pre-certification settlement offer to the named plaintiff does not moot either the plaintiff’s claim or...more

CFPB Orders "Buy Here, Pay Here" Auto Dealer to Pay $800,000 for "Abusive" Financing Schemes

Why it matters - Continuing to keep a close eye on the auto lending industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered a "Buy Here, Pay Here" car dealer to pay $700,000 in restitution to customers, with a...more

Chobani Yogurt Ad Campaign Enjoined – A Healthy Result for Yoplait and Dannon

When I opened up a newspaper a few weeks ago and saw an ad by Chobani for its Simply 100 Greek Yogurt, my first thought was, “that’s going to provoke a false advertising dispute.” Here’s what Chobani said about its competitor...more

Hold the Phone! Obtaining Prior Consent under the TCPA Before Calling/Texting/Faxing Consumers

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) impacts any business that contacts consumers by phone, text or fax. Among other things, it limits the ability to place calls and send texts to consumers using an automatic...more

New York District Court Denies Attempt To Defeat TCPA Class Certification By Depositing Funds Into Court, Citing Campbell Ewald

Brady v. Basic Research, L.L.C., 2:13-cv-7169 (SFJ) (ARL) (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 3, 2016) The day after Campbell Ewald Co. v. Gomez was decided by the United States Supreme Court, Defendants moved for permission to deposit funds...more

Supreme Court Leaves Door Open to Class Action Settlement Offer Pick-Off Defense

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 577 U.S. --- (2016), that a lawsuit is not moot after a plaintiff declines to accept an offer of judgment made by the defendant pursuant to Federal Rule of...more

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed - The City of Corona has prevailed in a constitutional challenge to its enforcement of a...more

2015 U.S. Trademark Developments Every Food and Beverage Lawyer Should Know

In 2015, U.S. courts provided trademark practitioners with several issues to discuss and debate. Identified and summarized below are the top five most discussed issues....more

Supreme Court Holds that Rejected Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Action

On January 20, 2016, the United States Supreme Court rejected a strategy recently used by some defendants to defeat class actions in their infancy. In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857 (2016), a majority of the Court...more

What Does Campbell-Ewald Mean for Your Business?

A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court held that a defendant cannot terminate a putative class action by offering the representative plaintiff complete relief, rejecting some courts’ dismissals of class action...more

Dialing-In: TCPA Hot Issues for 2016

The year 2015 saw a continued wave of class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). However, unsettled law continues to place a compliance burden on companies that communicate with consumers by...more

Supreme Court Holds Offer of Settlement/Judgment Does Not Moot Claims Under Certain Circumstances

Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, 2016 WL 228345 (U.S. Jan. 20, 2016) In a much anticipated decision, a majority of the United States Supreme Court held that unaccepted offers of full judgment and settlement do...more

Black Ops Mission Accomplished by Federal Trademark Registration

A recent district court decision granting a preliminary injunction in The Brooklyn Brewery Corp. v. Black Ops Brewing, Inc. demonstrates the advantage of owning a federal trademark registration when products bearing the...more

What Companies Can Expect After Campbell-Ewald

May defendants moot a putative class action by merely offering complete relief to the putative class representative? The U.S. Supreme Court says no, and the decision may have profound implications on class actions for years...more

Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Does Not Moot Plaintiff's Claims, SCOTUS Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that an unaccepted Rule 68 settlement offer does not moot a class action even when the offer would provide the named plaintiff with complete individual relief. The decision in Campbell-Ewald...more

Unaccepted Offer to Satisfy Named Plaintiff's Individual Claim Does Not Render Case Moot

The U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald Co. v Gomez (Jan. 20, 2016, No. 14-857) 2016 US Lexis 846, 2016 WL 228345, held that an unaccepted offer to settle the named plaintiff's individual claim in a putative class action...more

Picked Off:  The Supreme Court Rejects The Mooting Effect of Unaccepted Offers of Judgment and Settlement

A seemingly innocuous recruitment text message from the United States Navy has led to the official unraveling of a tactic long-used and widely-favored by defendants to escape a class action lawsuit before class certification....more

An Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Won’t Moot a (Class) Claim

In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 577 U.S. ___ (2016), the Supreme Court held that an unaccepted offer of judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 does not moot a named plaintiff’s claim, and, therefore, the named...more

Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot TCPA Plaintiff’s (or Putative Class’s) Claim, Supreme Court Says

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez ruled last week that an unaccepted offer of judgment under Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure does not divest the trial court of subject matter...more

Supreme Court Rejects One Strategy for Defeating Class and Collective Actions

In recent years, one tactic for attempting to defeat wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits class action lawsuits has been to offer the named plaintiffs full relief for their individual claims in the case. Even if...more

Supreme Court Sustains TCPA Plaintiff’s Claim Following an Unaccepted Settlement Offer

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, where it was considering whether a plaintiff seeking damages under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) is able to...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Unaccepted Settlement Offers and Offers of Judgment Can't End Consumer Class Action Lawsuits

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court limited a tool that defendants had used to settle costly class action litigation through settlement offers and offers of judgment. In the case of Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, the Court held that...more

Supreme Court: Settlement Offers Do Not Moot Class Actions, But…

The United States Supreme Court on Wednesday resolved the long-standing circuit split on whether an offer to satisfy the named plaintiff’s individual claims is sufficient to render a case moot when the complaint seeks relief...more

Is there a silver lining for defendants in the recent class action decision by the Supreme Court?

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, 577 U.S. __ (2016), holding that an unaccepted offer of judgment made by a defendant pursuant to Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of...more

Supreme Court’s Holding on Unaccepted Pre-Certification Offers of Judgment Resolves Some Issues, But Dissenting Justices Reveal a...

As reported by our colleagues in a recent client alert (see U.S. Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Class Claims, Reed Smith Client Alert No. 16-025 (Jan. 22, 2016)), the United States Supreme...more

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