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Sixth Circuit Vacates Class Certification in Detroit Nurses Antitrust Case

On January 6, 2014, the Sixth Circuit vacated a class certification order for reconsideration in light of the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Comcast v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013). In re VHS of Michigan, Inc., No....more

Class Action – Damages and Class Treatment – 2013 Year in Review

In 2013, theories of injury and damages revealed themselves to be deciding factors at the class certification stage of litigation and whether plaintiffs are able to prove damages on a class-wide basis. Even in those cases...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Courts May Certify Class Claims Where Damages Differ

In Benton v. Telecom Network Specialists, Inc., the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed that employee wage and hour and meal break cases may be suitable for class certification even where...more

Recent Supreme Court Rulings on Class Actions

The Supreme Court continued to focus on class action litigation during this term, handing down a number of significant rulings relating to jurisdiction, class certification, and arbitration of putative class claims. The many...more

Class Certification Proper Despite Prospect of ‘Meager’ Damage Recovery, Seventh Circuit Holds

The intersection between law and economics was once again the focus of an important recent class action ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit....more

The CAFA Year In (Appellate) Review: A Look Back At The Class Action Fairness Act In The Circuit Courts Of Appeals In 2012-2013

On January 1, 2012, we published “The CAFA Year in (Appellate) Review: A Look Back at the Class Action Fairness Act in the Circuit Courts of Appeals in 2011.”...more

Chinese Vitamin C manufacturers found liable for price fixing in the United States -- court orders total damages of US$162 million...

In a case that reverberated throughout Chinese state-owned and private companies, as well as various organs of the Chinese government, in a recent private civil class action case in United States District Court for the...more

And the Correct Standard Is … Comcast v. Behrend’s “Clarification” of the Standard for Class Certification

Since the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Comcast v. Behrend, class action watchers eagerly awaited the next installment in the “clarification” of the proper standard for determining when and if class treatment is...more

Ninth Circuit Rules that Comcast Does Not Kill Wage and Hour Class Actions

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit decided Leyva v. Medline Industries, Inc., reversing an order denying class certification in a wage and hour case. The decision represents the first interpretation from the Ninth Circuit of the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Raises Standards For Class Certification

Class certification is the critical factor in many class actions. It occurs when a court authorizes a putative class representative, usually an individual or a small group, to represent a much larger class of people who have...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - May 2013

This month our articles focus on the availability of damages in complex ERISA class actions and withdrawal liability actions. Jackie Len first provides Proskauer's perspective on the implications for ERISA litigation arising...more

Product Liability Update - April 2013

In This Issue: - United States Supreme Court Holds Class Certification Improper Absent Showing Plaintiffs’ Damages Can Be Measured on a Classwide Basis through Use of a Common Methodology that Is Consistent with...more

The Hard Stop On ‘Adventurous Innovation’ In Class Action Litigation: The United States Supreme Court’s Decision In Comcast v....

Comcast v. Behrend is the latest opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court interpreting and applying the procedural rules governing class actions set out in Federal Rule Civil Procedure 23. In order to obtain certification of...more

Upholding CAFA’S Intended Purpose

In February 2005, Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), with the primary intent of modifying and liberalizing the rules concerning federal diversity jurisdiction as they apply to class actions,...more

Supreme Court Rejects Class Plaintiff’s Attempt To Avoid Federal Court By Stipulation Damages Will Be Less Than $5,000,000

In Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a class-action plaintiff may not avoid the effect of the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) by “stipulating” he will not seek damages in excess of...more

Supreme Court Raises the Bar to Class Certification

The United States Supreme Court has continued to raise the bar on class certification by requiring that plaintiffs be able to prove damages on a class-wide basis. In Comcast Corporation v. Behrend, a putative class alleged...more

Did You Know…A Sea Change In Class Action Certification

In Comcast v. Behrend, a class action case involving how much Comcast charged cable TV subscribers, the United States Supreme Court held that as a prerequisite for certification of a class action, a plaintiff must introduce...more

Big Developments in Class Actions Part 1: a “rigorous analysis” of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend

In a very pro-employer/business opinion crafted by Justice Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected class certification for 2 million Comcast subscribers in an antitrust class action in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 516 U.S. ___...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Can't Avoid Federal Court By Stipulating To Damage Limits

A unanimous Supreme Court has made clear that the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) cannot be undermined by a plaintiff's attempt to seek damages of less than the jurisdictional amount. The Court resolved a Circuit split and...more

Supreme Court Holds Damages Must be Measurable on a Classwide Basis for Class Certification

In a significant class action decision for employers, Comcast Corp. et al v. Behrend et al, No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that the ability to establish classwide damages is essential to a favorable...more

Put up your Dukes! Supreme Court Clarifies that Damages Must be Capable of Class Wide Resolution in Rule 23(b)(3) Class Actions...

The United States Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, Case No. 11-864 (March 27, 2013) reinforces class certification requirements as spelled out in Wal-Mart v. Dukes. However, the closely divided court...more

Class Action Alert: Recent Developments Favorable for Employers

Individualized Proof of Damages Can Block Class Certification Under Rule 23(b)(3) - The United States Supreme Court in Comcast v. Behrend continued its trend of disfavoring class certification of cases involving...more

Supreme Court Directs Trial Courts To Look At The Merits In Determining Whether To Certify A Class

Comcast v Behrend is the latest in a series of United States Supreme Court cases in recent years that have restricted the ability of plaintiffs to certify federal class actions. In so doing, it has expanded the scope of the...more

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: Even More Than Meets the Eye?

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in another of this term’s major class action cases. Following on the heels of Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, where the Court closed a loophole...more

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