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4th Circuit Unmasks Company Doe & Unseals Entire Record in CPSC Database Case

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rather forcefully reversed one of the key rulings of Maryland District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr. in the recent litigation involving the CPSC’s...more

Asbestos Alert: Paulus v Crane Co.

Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three, Action # B246505 (Filed Feb. 21, 2014, modified Mar. 24, 2014) 2014 WL 1157284 ____Cal.App.4th____ - Sufficiency of Expert Testimony to Prove Causation; Bankruptcy Trust...more

Baltimore City Circuit Court Rejects Attempt to Consolidate Asbestos Cases

Order refusing to consolidate more than 13,000 non-mesothelioma cases continues a U.S.-wide trend of courts moving away from mass trial consolidations in asbestos cases. On March 5, the Circuit Court for Baltimore...more

A (POM) Wonderful Result For Consumer Class Action Defendants

On March 25, 2014, the court in In re: POM Wonderful LLC Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Case No. ML 10-02199 DDP (C.D. Cal.), granted a motion by defendant POM Wonderful LLC (“POM”) to decertify a previously...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

"Supreme Court Punts on Twin No-Injury Washing Machine Class Actions"

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review decisions upholding class certification in two cases that have garnered increasing scrutiny by the legal community — Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Whirlpool Corp....more

Comity and Commonality: A Tale of Two Identical Class Actions Brought By Forum-Shopping Plaintiffs’ Counsel

In Murray v. Sears, Roebuck and Co., No. C 09-5744, 2014 WL 563264 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 12, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion for class certification that was practically...more

Looking Forward - Canadian Class Actions in 2014

The last few years have been very active years for class actions in Ontario. Bennett Jones continues to have an active and expanding class actions practice....more

Delaware Decision Makes It Increasingly Difficult for Insurers to Evade Coverage for Dissolved Corporations

Can an injured plaintiff obtain compensation from a dissolved company with unexhausted insurance policies and force the insurer to pay? The Delaware Supreme Court says yes—in certain circumstances. Originally published...more

Objectors Seek Writ of Certiorari to SCOTUS Over Monsanto Agent Orange Settlement

On January 21, 2014, objectors to a class action settlement over contamination from Monsanto Agent Orange herbicide filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the Unites States Supreme Court. The Petition asked the Court to...more

Ninth Circuit En Banc Upholds Prior Ruling Vacating $10 Million Asbestos Verdict Over Failure to Conduct Daubert Hearing

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals en banc has affirmed a prior ruling vacating a $10 million jury verdict in an asbestos personal injury action, holding that the Washington federal district court abused its discretion by not...more

Back to Work? Let’s Start With A Look Back at 2013

As we returned to the office this week, we thought what better way to adjust to re-entry than by taking stock of what happened in the last year. The year 2013 was an important year for class actions with a number of important...more

Class Action Regarding Whirlpool Washing Machines Dismissed but Possibility for Future Claims for Economic Loss for “Shoddy”...

In Arora v. Whirlpool Canada LP, 2013 ONCA 657, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Justice Perell’s decision to deny certification for a proposed class action alleging pure economic loss. (Justice Perell’s decision is...more

Is US-style class action litigation coming to the EU? European Commission calls for collective redress mechanisms in EU national...

The European Commission is calling for European Union member states to introduce an injunctive and compensatory collective redress mechanism to their national procedural rules by July 26, 2015. In many respects, the concept...more

Product Liability Newsletter - December 2013: Punitive Damages Based on Gross Negligence: Massachusetts Bucks the Trend

In the recent decision in Aleo v. SLB Toys USA, Inc., 466 Mass. 398 (2013), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) found that an $18 million punitive damages award based on gross negligence was not grossly excessive...more

Buckyballs® Strike Back: Former CEO Sues CPSC

In May 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the unprecedented step of naming Craig Zucker in an administrative complaint against Maxfield and Oberton Holdings, LLC, the manufacturer of Buckyballs®, in...more

Product Liability Update -- October 1, 2013

In This Issue: ..Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Finally) Enforces Agreement for Individualized Arbitration of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Claims Following United States Supreme Court Decision Reversing...more

Class Action Litigation Reform – Interview with Dan Pascucci, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Dan Pascucci, Member of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, talks about the Supreme Court’s role in establishing the national identity of class action litigation....more

Painting a Picture at Trial for the Court of Appeal

During a trial, the jury and court below will hear the testimony of witnesses and observe their demeanor. Once the case is on appeal, the reviewing court is usually limited to reading transcripts that may or may not convey...more

Court of Appeals Reaffirms Class Certification after Supreme Court Remand

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week reaffirmed its prior decision in favor of class certification in a breach of warranty case involving washing machines....more

Posner, Seventh Circuit Narrow Supreme Court’s Holding In Comcast – Certify Butler v. Sears, Roebuck And Co. Class (Again)

Background: Butler v. Sears, Roebuck and Co. is two class action lawsuits rolled into one. The classes have different members and different claims arising from alleged defects in Kenmore-brand Sears washing machines. One...more

Will Moldy Washing Machines Save the Consumer Class Action from Extinction?

One of the key questions in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend is the extent to which damages must be susceptible to classwide calculation in order to justify class certification....more

7th Circuit Again Certifies Butler v. Sears, Roebuck, & Co. Class

This week we discuss the Seventh Circuit's decision to once more certify the class action cases in Butler v. Sears, Roebuck, & Co. after the case was remanded by the Supreme Court in light of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend....more

Pampers Consumer Class Action Settlement Reversed on Appeal

In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit vacated a class action settlement approval and certification of a settlement class that treated the named plaintiffs far more favorably than the other class...more

6th Circuit Reaffirms Class Certification in Whirlpool II

his installment of the Hoosier Litigation Blog revisits the Supreme Court decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend in light of the 6th Circuits recertification of the class in Whirlpool II....more

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