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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.

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by McGuireWoods LLP on

Despite my best intentions, I have not been posting here as often as I would like in the past few months. But that does not mean that I have not been reading. So, in lieu of a long-winded analysis of some new tactic, trend,...more

Employers Face Increased Risk Of FMLA Class Actions As Court Holds That FMLA Claims Are Appropriate For Class Certification Under...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision has added to the chorus of courts recognizing that FMLA class actions must be pursued under Rule 23 and are often appropriate for class certification. As a practical matter, this means...more

Alleged Violations of Florida Building Code Not Subject to Class Treatment

by Carlton Fields on

Two couples who own homes in central Florida attempted to bring a class action against a homebuilder, stemming from alleged violations of Florida’s building code. Section 553.84, Florida Statutes, provides for such a private...more

“Individualized Proof of Harm” Required in Robinson-Patman Secondary-Line Claim Prevents Class Certification

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the Northern District of California denied class certification to two proposed classes of wholesalers in ABC Distributing, Inc. v. Living Essentials LLC, Case No. 15-cv-02064 NC (N.D. Cal.), a secondary-line...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Fraud Class Action

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 H.R.985 — 115th Congress - In March 2017, the House passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 by a vote of 220-201....more

High Time for the Supreme Court to Review Ascertainability in Class Actions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld certification of a class of retail purchasers of Wesson-brand cooking oil in a false advertising case, despite the fact that almost all class members will never...more

Is “Class Arbitration” an Oxymoron?

“Class arbitration” — the utilization of a class action mechanism in an arbitration proceeding — is considered by some to be the unicorn of ADR; desirable but elusive. Another view is that it is the Frankenstein’s monster of...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

D.C. Court Certifies Three Classes In Race Discrimination Class Action Involving Criminal Background Policy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a class action alleging that the criminal background policy of Washington D.C.’s local transit authority had a disparate impact on African-Americans, a federal district court recently certified three...more

Game On: Supreme Court to Decide Whether Xbox Plaintiffs Can Create Appellate Review

by BakerHostetler on

Recently, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, a case that may significantly impact class-action defense and appellate jurisdiction. Plaintiff classes frequently want to immediately...more

Court Uses Novel Issue Certification Device To Sidestep Individualized Issues Otherwise Precluding Class Certification

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A group of female truck drivers sued their employer for policies allegedly resulting in a hostile work environment for and retaliation against women who complained of sexual harassment on the job. Under...more

Recent settlements highlight plaintiff pitfalls in data breach cases

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a recent post, we discussed how plaintiff class members who have not suffered financial harm as a result of a data breach face challenges meeting the Article III standing requirement necessary to invoke a federal court’s...more

Proposed Changes to Rule 23: Electronic Notice and Efforts to Curb Abuses in Settlement Objection Process

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On this blog, we previously wrote about the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, and identified its potential to bring significant changes to class action practice. That Act was passed by the House on March 9,...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

Judge Decertifies Class Based on Plaintiffs’ Differing Accounts of Their Responsibilities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Those who follow developments in wage and hour class actions know that challenges to the exempt status of assistant managers are quite common. Such cases often hinge on a detailed analysis of the actual job duties...more

2016 Class Action Year-End Review

by BakerHostetler on

We are pleased to share BakerHostetler’s 2016 Class Action Year-End Review, which offers a summary of key developments in class action litigation during the past year. Class action litigation moved to the forefront of the...more

No Pick-Off, No Problem: How a Pre-Certification Rule 68 Offer Survived (Twice)

by Carlton Fields on

A magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania denied plaintiff’s motion to strike a Rule 68 offer of judgment served prior to class certification. The Rule 68 offer in this...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

Supreme Court Hears Argument on Appellate Jurisdiction after Denial of Class Certification

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Whether a federal court of appeals has jurisdiction to review an order denying class certification after the named plaintiffs voluntarily dismiss their claims with prejudice was the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court on...more

Play Ball! California Federal Court Reconsiders Order Denying Minor League Baseball Players’ Motion For Class Certification

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of California recently renewed hope in a minor league baseball player class action wage dispute by granting the plaintiffs class certification after they narrowed the class. The court had previously...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

Aftermath of Briseno Decision Holding No “Administrative Feasibility” Required for Class Certification

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its (by now) hotly discussed decision in Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., 844 F.3d 1121 (9th Cir. 2017), on January 3, 2017, holding there is no separate...more

A Not-So-Modest Proposal: Class Action Changes Could Have Big Impact

by Carlton Fields on

Like many things these days, the legal landscape is changing. One target is class action litigation. Some important new proposals have the potential to dramatically alter class actions in the near future. In particular, these...more

The Unwelcome Guest at the Class Settlement Table: Serial Objectors

by BakerHostetler on

Finally, the end is in sight. After motions to dismiss, discovery, hearings, a highly contested motion for class certification and mediation, the parties have reached a class settlement. The parties are relieved to end the...more

Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 Seeks to Curb Attorney Abuses of Class Action Device and Expand Class...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 9, 2017, Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.), the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (the “Act” or “H.R. 985”). The Act significantly expands the...more

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