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The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

The employee benefits issues to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court continue to be of great significance to plan sponsors and fiduciaries. This month we review the Court's employee benefit decisions from 2013 and also...more

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: Response To Class Certification

This concludes our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. An order granting class certification is not the end of the battle regarding...more

Sino-Forest: Leave to appeal CCAA decision denied when appellant seeking to preserve potential future right to opt out of class...

The test for granting leave to appeal in Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act proceedings is well-settled: ..Whether the point on the proposed appeal is of significance to the practice; ..Whether the point is of...more

Appeals Court Decision Creates Circuit Split and Confusion Surrounding Post-Settlement Appeals of Class Certification Denials

If a court denies class certification, may the named plaintiff settle the case while still keeping the class certification issue alive for appeal? The recent decision in Ruppert v. Principal Life Insurance Company, No....more

Seventh Circuit Addresses FLSA Class Certification Standards

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that the same standards governing Rule 23 class certification claims apply to wage-and-hour “collective action” claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Skilled Laborers May Proceed In Class Action Lawsuit For Alleged Overtime And Meal And Rest Break Violations

A group of skilled laborers brought a class action lawsuit claiming that they had been wrongfully classified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay and meal and rest breaks. The court of appeal held that the...more

White v. Hollister Co. Illustrates Importance of Individual Questions in Class Certification

The California Court of Appeals January 3, 2013 decision in White v. Hollister Co. reversed and remanded the trial court’s opinion denying class certification to a class of consumers who claimed that defendant Hollister Co....more

Municipal Pensions II: Do Survivors' Pensions Increase Whenever the Salary For the Position Does?

Our previews of the new civil cases granted review at the end of the Illinois Supreme Court’s November term continue with Hooker v. Retirement Fund of the Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago,. Hooker poses the...more

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