Class Action Rule 23

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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Standards of Proof in Employment Wage and Hour Class Actions Remain a Hot Topic for U.S. Supreme Court

Last week the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a donning and doffing class and collective action against Tyson Foods, Inc. (see full transcript of oral argument here) that has the potential to dramatically...more

No "Duking" it Out Before the High Court as Justices Indicate Willingness to Let Wage and Hour Class Claims Stand

On Tuesday, I attended the Supreme Court's oral argument in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. This case has been closely watched as employers have been hoping to see whether the Supreme Court would explicitly apply aWalmart v....more

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo—and a Blockbuster Class Certification Ruling Seems Less Likely

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral argument in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, a case that has been closely watched for its potential to narrow the circumstances in which a class action may be certified...more

North Carolina Court Rules Class Action Settlements Can Award Attorneys’ Fees, but Note of Caution to Local Counsel

The North Carolina Court of Appeals considered for the first time whether it is legal in a class action settlement agreement for one party to agree to pay the other’s attorneys’ fees and expenses. The court concluded that it...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ponders Whether an Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer Can Moot a Plaintiff’s Claims as It Hears Argument in Gomez

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez on October 14, 2015, an important case presenting the question of whether a defendant can defeat a class action by offering complete individual relief...more

The New New Proposed Amendments to Rule 23

Last week, the Rule 23 Subcommittee released its latest draft proposal for amending Rule 23. (2015-1105 Rule 23 Subcommittee Report) - The Subcommittee has abandoned (or in a few cases, placed “on hold”) several of its...more

Defects More Than Cosmetic: Beauty Product Purchasers Fail to Satisfy Rule 23

The Southern District of New York recently denied class certification in a consolidated putative class action against a cosmetics company for breach of contract, false advertising, unfair competition, deceptive acts and...more

Can an Offer of Judgment to the Named Plaintiff Moot a Class Action? Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez

Can a named plaintiff press ahead with a class action if he or she “won’t take ‘yes’ for an answer”? That colorful question, which Chief Justice Roberts asked counsel for the respondent during oral arguments yesterday in...more

Class Certification, Unfair Trade Practices, and Governing Standards

In Bumpers v. Community Bank of Northern Virginia, the North Carolina Supreme Court held that when a plaintiff alleges a violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 75-1.1 based on a misrepresentation, the plaintiff must prove actual and...more

The Next Decade of Class Actions

A few years ago, I complained that class action scholarship was on the decline, and could improve from, among other things, digging into the actual caselaw out there, and making hard, falsifiable predictions about where the...more

Ascertainability And TCPA Class Actions

An essential requirement for certifying a class under Rule 23 is a means for presently ascertaining who is or is not a member of the proposed class. A trio of recent district court decisions has applied this ascertainability...more

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Revised Rule 23 Proposals Show Some Promise

The Rule 23 amendment process has continued apace. For those of you who did not read Paul Karlsgodt’s excellent summary of the September 11 mini-conference (which included a number of class-action luminaries from both sides...more

District Court Denies Class Certification in Excessive Fee Case Against Service Provider

The plaintiffs, three plan participants, filed their lawsuit in 2012 and purported to assert claims on behalf of a class of all plans serviced by the defendants, affiliated entities that provided services to the plans and/or...more

Can An NC Superior Court Judge Modify Another Judge's Classs Certification Order?

Is the certification of a class by an NC state court set in stone or can it be modified during the course of the litigation? The federal rule vs. the state rule - There is a difference between the federal rule...more

Ten Things Class Action Practitioners Need To Know About Potential Amendments To Federal Rule Of Civil Procedure 23

Rule 23 may be in for some major changes. The Advisory Committee has commissioned a Rule 23 subcommittee to investigate possible revisions to the class action rules. That subcommittee issued a report (pdf) discussing its...more

Class In Session: Minnesota Federal Court Certifies Class In Target Corporation Data Breach Suit

On September 15, 2015, a federal district court in Minnesota granted a motion for class certification of hundreds of credit unions and banks in an action against Target Corporation for damages stemming from the breach of...more

Eleventh Circuit Refuse En Banc Rehearing Of Its Decision Applying Shady Grove

This week, the Eleventh Circuit denied a motion for an en banc rehearing of its July decision to reverse the dismissal of a class action brought in the Northern District of Alabama. The decision in July was premised on the...more

Eleventh Circuit Denies Petition For Rehearing In Lisk v. Lumber One

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for rehearing en banc in the Lisk v. Lumber One Wood Preserving, LLC matter, where last month it held that the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act’s restriction on...more

Target Data Breach Class Certified: Data Breaches Potentially Fertile Ground for B2B Class Actions

Retail data breaches are multi-victim crimes, with the retailer, consumers and affected third parties all having legitimate claims to “victimhood” – and each left squabbling as the hacker vanishes into the digital ether....more

Employers Beware: Possible Changes May Be Coming To Class Action Rules

Rule 23 governs class action procedure in federal courts, and interpretation of that rule by the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts drives risks and liabilities that employers face in high-stakes litigation. Being on...more

Ascertainability in Class Actions: Second Circuit Weighs In

Ascertainability has been a hot topic in class action appeals recently. The Third Circuit recently clarified its ascertainability standard (see my April 20 blog post). The committee considering potential Rule 23 amendments is...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Fall 2015

This is the ninth 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...more

Court Rejects The EEOC’s Request For A Free Pass From Discovery In Pattern Or Practice Lawsuit

In an order recently issued in EEOC v J.R. Baker Farms, LLC, et al., Case No. 7:14-CV-136 (M.D. Ga. Sept. 9, 2015), Senior Judge Hugh Lawson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia compelled the EEOC to...more

New York Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Entry-Level Female Sales Representatives in Collective Action Under Equal Pay Act

A New York district court magistrate judge conditionally certified a class of past and current entry-level female sales representatives of Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. under the Equal Pay Act....more

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