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A class action is a type of legal action where a representative individual or group of individuals can bring a claim on behalf of a larger group or class who share a common legal interest.

The Class Action Chronicle Fall 2017

This edition focuses on rulings issued between May 15, 2017, and August 15, 2017. In this issue, we cover four decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, five decisions denying such motions, 27 decisions...more

Taking the Pulse of Ascertainability in the Ninth Circuit after Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Most federal courts have found that Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure implicitly requires a showing that members of a proposed class are readily identifiable or “ascertainable” for a class to be certified. For...more

Must Class Counsel’s “Proof” that Rule 23 Is Met Satisfy the Rules of Evidence?

All class-action practitioners understand the importance of a court’s decision to certify a class—the pivotal point at which a putative class action can transform into a reality, promising vast settlement pressure on the...more

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017: Will It Pass and Can It Be Improved?

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, also known as H.R. 985, passed the House earlier this year by a largely party line vote. If passed, this bill would represent the most significant class action reform legislation...more

Top Five Developing Issues in Class Action Litigation

Class action litigation is a rapidly developing area of the law. Here are the top five trends to keep an eye on as we approach the new year...more

Third Circuit Revisits Ascertainability Yet Again: Affidavits Plus Objective Records May Suffice

How do you know who’s in a class? Under the Third Circuit’s ascertainability standard – which the court has found to be inherent in Rule 23 – that determination requires a clear class definition and a reliable and...more

Filing An Early Motion To Strike Class Allegations

A recent decision by the Western District of Michigan is indicative of the increasing trend in federal district courts to grant early motions to strike class allegations where it is obvious that a class cannot be certified....more

Carter v. The Dial Corporation: The First Circuit Washes Its Hands of Clarifying Ascertainability in Class Actions

by BakerHostetler on

We previously wrote about the split among the circuit courts of appeal over the ascertainability requirement for class certification and whether self-identifying consumer affidavits—e.g., an affidavit in which a consumer...more

Game Over: Supreme Court Unanimously Rejects Xbox Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Create Appellate Review

by BakerHostetler on

In April, we reported on the oral argument in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, a Supreme Court case addressing whether putative class members may obtain appellate review of orders denying class certification by voluntarily...more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron — a Shoe Drops in the Second Circuit

In a recent series of articles, we asked whether “class arbitration” — meaning the utilization of a Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 class action protocol in an arbitration proceeding — is ultimately viable. Given the nature of...more

Cutting Class: Teachers’ Motion For Class Certification Denied In Race Discrimination Class Action

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Four African-American teachers alleged that their school district employer discriminated against them on the basis of race by failing to hire them as assistant principals, and filed a motion for class...more

File Not Found: Lack of Fax or Call Logs Doom Class Ascertainability in TCPA Cases

What is seemingly a growing divide between circuits has developed on the appropriate standard for assessing ascertainability in federal class actions, including Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class actions....more

Seventh Circuit Underscores Important Role for Pre-Certification Challenges to Expert Witnesses

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In order to certify a class action, it is the plaintiff’s burden to prove that all of the requirements of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are satisfied. In some class actions, plaintiffs cannot proceed without...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

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

by Burr & Forman on

In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

The 2nd Circuit Clarifies that Administrative Feasibility Is Not a Requirement for Class Certification

On July 7, in In re Petrobras Securities, the 2nd Circuit declined to adopt an independent “administrative feasibility” requirement for class certification under Rule 23. In so holding, the 2nd Circuit joined the 6th, 7th,...more

Sixth Circuit Blocks 'Junk Fax' Class Action Under Telephone Consumer Protection Act

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit calls into question the viability of “junk fax” class actions brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when the defendant company does not...more

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: Federal Court Denies Class Certification to Supervisors Claiming In-Store Meal Breaks Violate...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: At a time when the Massachusetts meal break landscape is increasingly friendly to employees, a federal judge in the state recently denied class certification in a meal break case, Romulus, et al. v. CVS...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: June 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve civil procedure (class and representative actions) and wage and hour (retaliation) issues....more

Eighth Circuit Provides Important Guidance in Class Settlement Approvals

by BakerHostetler on

The Eight Circuit provided some useful guidance for district courts and practitioners in obtaining and reviewing final approval of class settlements in its July 5, 2017, decision in Keil v. Lopez. In that case, the court...more

The Supreme Court Says “Game Over” to Crafty Gamers’ Attempt to Circumvent Class Certification Appeals

The Xbox 360 is designed for gaming. Appellate litigation, gamers learned, is not. On behalf of a putative class of purchasers of the Xbox 360, a group of gamers brought suit alleging a defect with the consoles. After the...more

Justice Thomas’ Concurring Opinion in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker: A Useful Reminder

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 12th, the Supreme Court issued its unsurprising decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, addressing a relatively recent twist concerning the appealability of orders denying class certification. The case resulted in...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2016-2017 Term

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

This year’s Supreme Court term may be more memorable for the intrigue and political drama taking place outside the Court than the import of the decisions the Court issued. On April 10, 2017, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth...more

SCOTUS Squashes Class Action Plaintiff Attempt to Obtain Review of Class Certification

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The reality of class action litigation is that what is supposed to be the court’s preliminary decision of whether to certify a case as a class action is often the end of the litigation. In many cases, plaintiffs will not...more

Game Over: Supreme Court Delivers Win for Class Action Defendants in Microsoft

by Jones Day on

In a victory for class action defendants, the United States Supreme Court's decision in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker puts an end to plaintiffs' manufactured appeals as of right from denials of class certification. The Court's...more

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