Class Action Supreme Court of the United States

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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The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2016

This is the 11th 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 issued...more

Class Certification: Halliburton II and Basic

The predicate for many securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market theory, adopted by the Supreme Court in Basic, Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). There the Court held that a securities law plaintiff could...more

7th Circuit Court of Appeals finds Article III Standing for P.F. Chang’s Plaintiffs

On April 14, 2016, the Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit reinstated plaintiffs’ action against P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain that arose out of the well-reported breach of payment card information. The action was previously...more

The Future of Class Actions: The Impact of Justice Scalia’s Death on Upcoming Rulings

There is no doubt that the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will have major repercussions on Supreme Court jurisprudence. A 30-year veteran of the Court, Justice Scalia was known for his originalist positions and...more

Statistics in Wage and Hour Class Actions: Has Anything Really Changed?

Statistics are kind of a holy grail of class action litigation. Everyone seems to know that they exist, but their understanding is shadowy and the quest to find valid statistical models often proves elusive. Last month’s...more

Mooting Class Actions by Offer of Judgment – Episode 2: The Ninth Circuit Strikes Back

In Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, 136 S. Ct. 663 (Jan. 20, 2016), the Supreme Court resolved a split among courts and held that an unaccepted settlement offer of complete individual relief does not moot the plaintiff’s lawsuit. ...more

Stars Fail to Align for P&G, as Supreme Court Rejects Class Certification Appeal

Readers may recall our coverage in recent months of the challenge by Procter & Gamble (P&G) to an order certifying a multi-state consumer class in a case asserting that P&G falsely advertised its probiotic supplement Align....more

Untangling the Webb of Arbitrability: The Fourth Circuit Holds That Courts Determine the Availability of Class-Wide Arbitration

Is the availability of class-wide arbitration a “gateway” question for courts, or are arbitrators charged with such a decision once a matter is compelled to them? In Dell Webb Communities, Inc. v. Carlson, the Fourth Circuit...more

Breaking News – No General Jurisdiction by Consent in Delaware

From our prior personal jurisdiction posts concerning Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014), and the plaintiff-side dodge of “general jurisdiction by consent,” regular blog readers were aware that one of the few...more

SCOTUS Denies Review Regarding Pennsylvania Wal-Mart “Rest Break” Class Judgment

On April 4, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari review of a $188 million class-action judgment returned against Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania state court and later upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding...more

Supreme Court Stops Short of Bright-Line Rule Regarding Statistical Evidence in Class Actions

On March 22, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. For those unfamiliar with the case, Tyson Foods is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case that involved an alleged failure to pay...more

No Resurgence of “Picking Off” After Campbell-Ewald

We previously reported on two Rule 68 offer of judgment cases: Campbell-Ewald Co. v Gomez, 136 S.Ct. 663 (2016), see Supreme Court Rules Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Cannot Moot Class Action , in which the Supreme...more

SCOTUS OKs Statistics to Establish Class Action Liability with Limits, Leaves Open Uninjured Class Member Question

Plaintiffs can count the first class action decision to be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Scalia as a win; although, they did not receive broad authorization to proceed carte blanche, as some had...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Mootness Where Defendant Escrows Offered Funds, Broadening Campbell-Ewald

The Ninth Circuit has answered questions left open by the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez decision by finding a putative class action was not moot even where the defendant deposited the offered funds into...more

Proposed Legislation Would Set Back Corporations’ Use of Arbitration Clauses

The Restoring Statutory Rights Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, was sent to congressional committee on February 4, 2016 for consideration. The bill would place restrictions on companies’ use...more

Supreme Court Affirms Certification of a Class Under Fair Labor Standards Act

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the certification of a class under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In so doing, the Court permitted Plaintiffs’ use of expert evidence regarding a representative sample of the class...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2016

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it discharged an employee who had been sleeping at work and falling short of the employer’s performance...more

Third Circuit Follows Gomez on Mootness Issue, But Narrowly

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's holding in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of complete relief does not moot a plaintiff's individual claims, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Representative Statistical Evidence to Establish Class-wide Liability in Tyson Foods Overtime...

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed a $2.9 million judgment in a class action for unpaid overtime wages against Tyson Foods Inc. (Tyson) in which employee class members relied on...more

Defying Expectations, Supreme Court’s Tyson Decision Avoids “Broad and Categorical Rules” on Use of Statistical Evidence in Class...

Expectations were high in the class action world for the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. At first blush, however, Tyson seems to be neither the test case nor the blockbuster decision that...more

March 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The cases reported in this update continue to reflect the fact that IC misclassification cases cut across virtually all industries. Below are IC misclassification cases from such diverse industries as insurance, ride-sharing,...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Review $188M Class Action Verdict Against Wal-Mart Based Upon “Trial by Formula”

Wal-Mart may have felt the first aftershock of the Supreme Court’s March 2016 opinion in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, which undercut overbroad interpretations of its landmark 2011 Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision and found that...more

"Supreme Court Permits Use of Statistical 'Representational Evidence': Implications for the FCA"

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. In an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority held that class...more

EEOC Not Required to Conciliate Class Claims On an Individual Basis

In last year’s Mach Mining decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is required to attempt to settle (“conciliate”) discrimination claims before bringing suit against...more

Supreme Court Affirms Limited Use of Representative Evidence in Don-Doff Class

In 6-2 decision, the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a jury verdict in Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo but declined to impose a broad rule for use of representative evidence. On March 22, the US Supreme Court affirmed...more

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