Class Action Jurisdiction

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.
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Sweet(ener) Confusion: Court Divide Over Role of Primary Jurisdiction Doctrine in “Evaporated Cane Juice” Cases Grows

In Swearingen v. Santa Cruz Natural, Inc., No. C 13-04291 (N.D. Cal. April 2, 2014), Judge Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendant’s motion to dismiss based on the primary...more

All or Nothing? The U.S. Supreme Court to Address Whether Evidence In Support of Removal Must Be Submitted with the Notice of...

On April 7, 2014, the United States Supreme Court granted the petition for writ of certiorari in Dart Cherokee Basin Operating Co., LLC v. Owens, No. 13-719 (“Dart Cherokee”), to address whether a defendant must include...more

Must Claims Severed From A CAFA Class Action Be Remanded To State Court? The Fifth Circuit Says No.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana filed a class action to recover under homeowners’ insurance policies that the state had received by assignment through a disaster relief program. The insurers successfully...more

Ninth Circuit “Chases” Away Another Option for Removing PAGA Actions to Federal Court

In yet another setback for employers seeking to remove California wage and hour cases to federal court, the Ninth Circuit held that the federal Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) provides federal courts with no basis to...more

TCPA Class Actions are Back in the Big Apple

In December, the Second Circuit cleared the way for plaintiffs to bring TCPA class actions in New York federal courts by holding that a New York state law prohibition on class actions for recovery of statutory damages was no...more

Floodgates To New York Telemarketing Class Actions Under The TCPA Are Open, Says Second Circuit

Just in time for the holidays, the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Bank v. Independence Energy Group LLC has dropped a lump of coal in the business community’s stocking. In this case, the “lump of coal” is an open door to...more

Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2013

"In This Issue: - Courts Weighs in on Ascertainability - CLASS CERTIFICATION DECISIONS: ..Decision Granting Motion to Strike ..Decisions Denying Motions to Strike ..Decisions Rejecting/Denying...more

Second Circuit Ruling Opens Door to Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Actions in New York

Litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has skyrocketed in recent years, with an estimated eighty percent of all cases filed in or transferred to federal court under the statute occurring in the past...more

Canada’s Supreme Court Reshapes Consumer Class Actions and Clarifies the Test for Certification Across Canada

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada released a trilogy of long-awaited class certification rulings that realigned the ground rules for the certification of consumer class actions in Canada, particularly in cases involving...more

Despite Limited Jurisdiction, Texas Federal Court Keeps the Class in Class Action

The forum selection battle between insurance carriers and policyholders over whether litigation should be conducted in state or federal courts remains as contentious as ever. Litigants on both sides know forum shopping...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

Third Circuit Rules on Requirements of 'Home State' and 'Local Controversy' Exceptions to Federal Jurisdiction under the Class...

In a precedential opinion, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last Friday made significant rulings on the "home state" and "local controversy" exceptions to federal subject matter jurisdiction under the Class Action...more

Food Litigation Newsletter - August 5, 2013

In This Issue: - Recent Significant Developments and Rulings ..VitaRain “Natural” Caffeine Claims Against Costco Rules Preempted ..Court Refuses To Certify Most “All Natural” Claims Against Kashi and Bear...more

Eleventh Circuit Confirms There Is No CAFA Jurisdiction Where Separate Suits Are Filed To Keep The Number Of Plaintiffs Under 100

The plaintiffs—cruise passengers on the ill-fated Costa Concordia—filed two separate lawsuits, neither of which contained more than 100 plaintiffs....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

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

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

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

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

High Court Agrees Class Rep’s Stipulation Doesn’t Bar Federal Jurisdiction

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, resolved the debate between the plaintiffs’ bar and defense bar regarding whether a class representative’s stipulation that damages would not exceed $5...more

Telemarketers Dial Quickly - TCPA Class Action Dismissed For Now

On March 12, 2013, Judge William F. Kuntz II of the Eastern District of New York entered a memorandum and order in Bank v. Independence Energy Group LLC, which sua sponte dismissed claims arising under the Telephone Consumer...more

Supreme Court Holds Class Plaintiff Cannot Avoid Removal By Stipulating Damages Under CAFA’s Jurisdictional Threshold

On March 19, the Supreme Court held that a class action plaintiff’s pre-class certification stipulation that the class would not seek damages exceeding the Class Action Fairness Act’s (CAFA) $5 million amount-in-controversy...more

Supreme Court Eliminates Jurisdictional Escape Hatch To The Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles confirms that a plaintiff cannot avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) by stipulating that the class will seek less...more

High Court Rules Pre-Certification Damages Stipulation Cannot Defeat Federal Jurisdiction Arising Under the Class Action Fairness...

In a much-anticipated ruling that could significantly restrict the efforts of class action plaintiffs and their lawyers to avoid litigating in federal court, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a named...more

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