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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

Plaintiffs’ Voluntary Dismissal Does Not Transform Denial of Class Certification into an Appealable Final Judgment 

The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Ginsburg, has held that 28 U.S.C. § 1291 does not confer appellate jurisdiction over an otherwise interlocutory order on class certification following plaintiffs’ voluntary...more

US Supreme Court: class action plaintiffs cannot voluntarily dismiss claims in effort to appeal denial of class certification

by DLA Piper on

In a significant victory for class action defendants, whose success often depends on whether a class is certified, the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts of appeals lack jurisdiction under 28 USC §1291 to review...more

Defendant Companies Now Have the Right to Appeal North Carolina Class Certification Decisions Directly to NC Supreme Court

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The North Carolina legislature recently passed H.B. 239, over Gubernatorial veto, which gives company defendants the right to appeal trial court decisions allowing class certification directly to the North Carolina Supreme...more

The Stealthy Traffic Camera and the Class Action That Wasn’t

by Benesch on

Mobile speed units. Those mindless menaces squinting at everything that rolls down the road. Most drivers approach them with caution, but others, either oblivious to their presence or bent on one-upping the machine, speed...more

Class Action Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the Congressional legislative agenda has taken a back seat in the headlines lately, the fact remains that there still is an agenda, and it includes class action reform....more

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Puts the Class in Class Actions

by Benesch on

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals is best known for adjudicating patent disputes. But that’s not the extent of its portfolio. It also has exclusive appellate jurisdiction over decisions of the United States Court of...more

North Carolina General Assembly Strengthens Appeal Rights for Defendants Who Receive Adverse Class Certification Decisions

Background. On April 26, 2017, the North Carolina General Assembly overrode a gubernatorial veto to enact N.C. Session Law ch. 2017-7 (formerly HB-239) (the “Act”). The Act arose from a power struggle between the state’s...more

Washington: Third-Party Administrators and Adjusters Can Be Liable in Bad Faith Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, the Division III Washington Court of Appeals, on a 2 to 1 vote, held that third party administrators and adjusters can be liable in bad faith actions under multiple legal theories. Merriman v. Am. Guar. &...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2017"

This is the 15th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of class action trends, along with a summary of recent class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings. Our...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

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

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

CAFA, PART II?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In February 2017, Representative Goodlatte introduced the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. The Act, as with its 2015 predecessor, covers a lot of ground. It permits certification of damages classes only where...more

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

by BakerHostetler on

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) (the Act). The Act – introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte – makes...more

Take Two!: Congress Revives the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

This week, the House of Representatives is debating the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985; the Act), a Republican-sponsored bill that, if passed, will critically change the procedures governing class...more

Seyfarth Shaw Submits Comments And Testimony On The Proposed Amendments To Rule 23

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments and oral testimony to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding needed reform and guidance to Rule 23, the rule that governs class action litigation in federal...more

Eighth Circuit Vacates Data Breach Class Action Settlement; Gently Rebukes Trial Court

by Benesch on

Target Corporation announced a data breach in 2013, which occurred, as it noted in an SEC filing, when “an intruder stole certain payment card and other guest information from [its] network.” Estimates as to the number of...more

Eighth Circuit Remands Proposed Settlement in Target Data Breach Class Action

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded a $10 million settlement in the Target data breach class action on the grounds that the district court had not rigorously analyzed the propriety of the class...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES

by Field Law on

New privacy torts of intrusion upon seclusion and public disclosure of private facts were supported in Canada. R. v. John Doe, 2016 FCA 191, per Ryer J.A, Boivin J.A. and De Montigny J.A....more

Vacation Policies Are Not All-Inclusive; Seventh Circuit Denies Bid to Certify Class And Affirms Summary Judgment on Part-Time...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In McCaster v. Darden Restaurants, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s order denying class certification of claims for denial of earned vacation benefits at separation and granting summary...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

Ninth Circuit Lowers Hurdle for Class Certification

On January 3, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined to adopt “administrative feasibility” as an independent requirement for class certification. It held that Rule 23 does not require class counsel to show at the...more

The 9th Circuit Declines to Adopt Administrative Feasibility Requirement for Class Certification

Key Points - - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit joined the 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuits in declining to adopt an “administrative feasibility” requirement for plaintiffs seeking to certify a class under...more

State Law Prohibiting Class Actions Does Not Preclude Court From Maintaining Certification and Approving Settlement Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed approval of a class action settlement agreement, holding that “a post-settlement change in the law does not alter the binding nature of the parties’ settlement agreement, nor does it...more

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