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Revisiting Ascertainability: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Weighs in on “Ascertainability” for Class Certification

Over the past four years, the federal circuit courts have frequently been called upon to address the proper role and scope of the “ascertainability” requirement in the class certification analysis. The results have varied by...more

Ninth Circuit Parses “Administrative Feasibility” and “Ascertainability” – Refuses to Acknowledge Either as a Prerequisite to...

The Ninth Circuit affirmed certification of putative class actions brought against ConAgra Foods, Inc. (“ConAgra”) by consumers who claimed that ConAgra’s “100% Natural” labels on Wesson cooking oils were false or misleading....more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Implied "Ascertainability" Requirement for Class Certification

Deepening an already-existing circuit split, the Ninth Circuit has held that class certification is appropriate even if plaintiff has not shown that identifying class members is "administratively feasible." Expressly...more

“Administrative Feasibility” Rejected in the Ninth Circuit

On Jan. 3, in Briseno v. Conagra Foods, Inc., Case No. 15-55727, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 does not require class representatives to demonstrate that there is an “administratively...more

Ascertainability Not Required In Ninth Circuit, But Manageability Remains

One of the first significant class action appellate decisions of 2017 was issued this week. In Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 15-55727 (9th Cir. Jan. 3, 2017), the Ninth Circuit held that Rule 23 does not require that it...more

Ninth Circuit rejects meaningful ascertainability requirement for class certification, cementing deep circuit split

Can you have a class action if class members can’t reliably be found? That question is at the heart of the debate over ascertainability—one that has divided the federal courts. Earlier this week, the Ninth Circuit weighed in,...more

Ninth Circuit Lowers Hurdle for Class Certification

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to adopt “administrative feasibility” as an independent requirement for class certification. It held that Rule 23 does not require class counsel to show at the...more

The Ninth Circuit’s Briseno Decision Is Not As Bad As It Looks for Consumer Class Action Defendants

The Ninth Circuit’s decision this week in Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., No. 15-55727, refused to engraft an “administrative feasibility” requirement to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23’s prerequisites for certifying a...more

Week in Review: Ascertainability under Rule 23(b)(2) and a Dose of Spokeo

This week we consider the Sixth Circuit’s take on how Rule 23’s ascertainability requirement overlaps with the different pathways to certification under Rule 23(b), as well as some post-Spokeo dismissals of putative class...more

Sixth Circuit Holds That Ascertainability Not a Requirement in Rule 23(B)(2) Class Actions

On October 17, 2016, in a case of first impression, the Sixth Circuit held that ascertainability is not a requirement in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(2) class actions. The Sixth Circuit joined three other Circuits...more

Illinois District Court Denies Motion to Certify TCPA Class Action

In the consolidated cases Espejo v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 11 C 8987, 2016 WL 6037625 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016) and Levins v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 12 C 9431, 2016 WL 6037 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016), the...more

Week in Review: Lots of Action in “Natural” Product-Labeling Class Litigation

This week we take a look at a couple major recent decisions in product-labeling class actions, as well as a close call the Supreme Court will not be deciding this term. Ninth Circuit Rejects Class Counsel’s Damages...more

District Court Adopts “Weak” Test of Ascertainability, Certifies Class of Corn Producers in Suit Against Syngenta over...

A District Court in Kansas added to an increasing debate in the federal courts over class ascertainability when it certified a class of 440,000 U.S. corn producers in a suit against Swiss global agribusiness Syngenta AG...more

UnitedHealth Plan Holders Win Class Certification in ERISA Lawsuit

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted certain members of UnitedHealth health plans class certification in their suit alleging improper denial of benefits. Plaintiffs in the putative...more

Dietary Supplements and Class Actions: Getting Schooled in California

Three cases pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals may help resolve splits in the district courts over (1) defining an appropriate class of plaintiffs ("ascertainability") and (2) the propriety of awarding class-wide...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2016"

This is the 12th 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 issued...more

U.S. Court of Appeals to Consider Class-Certification Ruling in Petrobras Securities Litigation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has allowed the defendants in the Petrobras securities litigation to pursue an immediate appeal from the District Court’s order certifying classes of investors who had...more

The Supreme Court Hates Your No-Damage Class Action: Spokeo Decision Likely to End Big-Dollar TCPA Class Actions

The world changed on May 16, 2016. Many sorts of predatory consumer class actions—you know the kind where the lawyers make millions and the consumers receive nickles?—likely just met their demise. And with the recent passing...more

The Eighth Circuit Weighs in on Ascertainability

Last week, the Eighth Circuit weighed in on a hot and unsettled topic: the ascertainability standard for class certification. In Sandusky Wellness Center, LLC v. Medtox Scientific, Inc., No. 15-1317, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7992...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2016

This is the 11th 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 issued...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2016

Where the (Class) Action Is - This issue of Roundup wraps up 2015 with another slate of interesting cases spanning industries and subject matter. The running theme of ascertainability is now stretching into antitrust...more

Circuits Clash Over Ascertainability Standard

The Third and Seventh circuits have reached a sharp divide during the past year over the meaning of the implied “ascertainability” prerequisite to class certification. The Third Circuit affirmed a narrow version of...more

Global Corporate and Transactional Highlights - March 2016

The 2016 Global Corporate and Transactional Highlights Brochure showcases various deals from across our five-continent platform over the past year. In the ninth year of this annual distribution of deal highlights, the...more

Court Denies Class Cert. in NCAA Antitrust Suit

The NCAA scored a victory last week with the denial of class certification in an antitrust suit challenging the association’s former ban on multiyear scholarships (the “One Year Rule”) and its cap on scholarships (the “GIA...more

Supreme Court Won’t Resolve Multi-Circuit Split on Ascertainability Requirement

On February 29, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari review in Mullins v. Direct Digital, LLC, No. 15-1776, an ascertainability case we previously covered when it was decided in the Seventh Circuit. In Mullins, a panel of...more

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