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Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...more

Putative Class Complains that Annie’s “Strawberry Fruit Snacks” Lack Strawberries

On August 1, 2017, plaintiff Raymond Alvandi filed a putative class action in California federal court against Annie’s, Inc., seeking damages and injunctive and declaratory relief. Alvandi alleges that Annie’s misrepresented...more

Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.: Meal Periods, Ascertainability, and the Importance of Removal

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., five former Shift Supervisors brought a putative class action against CVS under the Massachusetts Wage Act, contending they were required to work through their unpaid breaks. Specifically,...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Summer 2017

This edition focuses on rulings issued between February 15, 2017, and May 15, 2017. It begins with an article on the federal judiciary beginning to take notice of issues surrounding third-party litigation funding and testing...more

The Financial Stability Oversight Council: another potential route for overturning the CFPB’s final arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In addition to the passage of legislation amending the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA), disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, and a legal challenge filed in court, a fourth potential route for stopping the CFPB’s final...more

Ninth Circuit Narrows Already Slim Exception to Rule Barring Post-Removal Amendments to Avoid CAFA Jurisdiction

by BakerHostetler on

A plaintiff will rarely be permitted to amend its class action complaint after removal to avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). That is the takeaway from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’...more

A Cautionary Tale: Counterclaim Class Action Stuck in State Court

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) was enacted in 2005 to expand the subject-matter jurisdiction that Federal courts had over class actions. Yet CAFA’s reach is not unlimited, and in some instances, a corporation may still...more

Consolidated Cholesterol Drug Cases Lack Critical Mass for CAFA Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

The Central District of California district court recently weighed in on the limits of mass action jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The matter began as various individual state court actions alleging...more

Big Changes Could be Coming to Class Action Practice, Courtesy of Congress

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Class actions, especially those with nationwide scope and the specter of huge payouts, have long been the stuff of nightmares for in-house counsel and corporate executives. The press regularly report on settlements where...more

Timing Is Everything: District Court In New York Approves CAFA Removal Two Years After Case Filing

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a somewhat unusual ruling, a New York federal court denied an unpaid intern’s attempt to remand a putative wage-hour class action against Oscar de la Renta to state court even though the case was removed to federal court...more

Attempting to Counter a CAFA Loophole

by Carlton Fields on

Home Depot filed a certiorari petition in the United States Supreme Court aimed at closing an emerging loophole in CAFA jurisprudence in various circuits. According to the petition, some circuits have “narrowly construed...more

Sixth Circuit Narrowly Construes CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

by BakerHostetler on

Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in 2005 to address a series of well-documented abuses of the class action process. Among the protections of the act were provisions enabling class action defendants to...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, Finding Subject Matter Jurisdiction Was Properly Exercised, Equity Dilution...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a shareholder of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (“Star Bulk”) against its directors and entities affiliated...more

Sixth Circuit Rules that the Class Action Fairness Act Means What it Says

by Benesch on

A statute, distilled to its essence, is thought conveyed through words. And when those words are understandable and coherently arranged, there’s nothing for courts to do when adjudicating disputes involving them, other than...more

False Advertising – Class Action Defense

by BakerHostetler on

Recent class certification decisions involving price comparison ads are prompting a large number of copycat suits, and retailers nationwide are carefully evaluating their sales advertising practices. Whether comparisons are...more

Ninth Circuit Stumbles on CAFA

by Reed Smith on

Plaintiff lawyers must be mighty allergic to federal court. They perform all sorts of maneuvers to avoid CAFA removal of mass actions. For example, they will artificially subdivide their cases into groups of under 100. ...more

Saved By The Bellwether Trial in the Ninth Circuit

by Carlton Fields on

Removal under the “mass action” provision of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) is appropriate when 100 or more plaintiffs take the affirmative step of proposing to try their claims jointly and the claims involve common...more

Congressional Overhaul of Class Action Procedure Pending Senate Consideration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As class action litigation has continued to proliferate, we have seen efforts to rein in the perceived abuses of the system on multiple fronts. Over a decade ago, Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA)...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Dual Citizenship Defeats CAFA Diversity

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit recently denied a petition to appeal an order remanding a putative class action to state court, finding the defendant corporations’ dual citizenship defeated minimal diversity under the Class Action...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2017"

This is the 15th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of class action trends, along with a summary of recent class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings. Our...more

Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 Faces Uncertain Future in Senate

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 passed the House, 220-201, split almost entirely along party lines. No Democrats voted for the bill and only 14 Republicans voted against it. The proposal...more

CAFA’s “Local Controversy” Exception Does Not Apply When Federal Court Has Independent Basis for Subject Matter Jurisdiction

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Last month, the Eleventh Circuit rejected a plaintiff’s bid to keep her class action in state court even though CAFA’s local controversy exception would have required a remand. In Blevins v. Aksut, No. 16-11585, — F.3d —,...more

House passes bill to clamp down on class actions

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 985, the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act,” on March 9, 2017. The bill would add eight new sections to the “Consumer Class Action Bill of Rights,” enacted as part of the...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to the latest edition of Class Action Roundup, covering the fourth quarter of 2016. As has been the case throughout the year, class actions continue to play a key role in courtrooms across the...more

Proposed Legislation That Could Impact Class Action Litigation and Arbitration – The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of...

by BakerHostetler on

Two new pieces of proposed legislation could, if passed, change the architecture and requirements of class actions and outlaw mandatory arbitration clauses in employment and consumer contracts. But neither is a sure thing....more

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