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U.S. Census Bureau Down for the Count after Certification Ruling in Criminal Background Check Case

Last Tuesday, a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted partial class certification in a case where plaintiffs allege that the United States Census Bureau used arrest...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court’s Refusal To Certify Age Discrimination Class

The most famous, if fictional, San Francisco police Inspector was, of course, Inspector Harry Callahan of the Dirty Harry succession of Clint Eastwood films. The first Dirty Harry movie came out in 1971when its star, known...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - January 2014

This month we look at part three of our three part series on Class Actions. In part three, Robert Rachal and M. Todd Mobley address the role of experts in class certification post Wal-Mart and Comcast and how to use and...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter; November 2013

In This Issue: - Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast — Practice Points for Defendants (Part I – Commonality)* - Agencies Release Guidance on HRAs, FSAs, and Employer Payment...more

Wal-Mart Prevails In California Class Action Discrimination Case

In a second victory for retail giant Wal-Mart, a California judge denied class action certification to a group of women who claimed discrimination based on gender....more

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that expands prohibited discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related...more

August 2013: Appellate Update

U.S. Supreme Court Concludes October 2012 Term. The U.S. Supreme Court concluded its October 2012 Term in June with a number of highly publicized cases on issues like race and gay marriage, but equally notable are the Term’s...more

Court Strikes Down Proposed Class of Female Wal-Mart Employees – Again!

After suffering defeat in the United States Supreme Court, Plaintiffs in Dukes et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. returned to court in California in an attempt to certify a newly defined and smaller class of 150,000 current and...more

Unconscious bias and subjective decision making, the practical and legal ramifications

On August 6, DLA Piper hosted a program addressing Unconscious Bias and Subjective Decision Making - The Practical and Legal Ramifications. Rachel Cowen and Margaret Keane, partners in DLA Piper's Employment practice,...more

Supreme Court Provides More Guidance on Class Certification Requirements

Over the past few years, the Supreme Court has issued several decisions addressing certification of class actions. In Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 277, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), the Court denied certification to a...more

Plaintiffs Once Again Denied Class Certification in Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

In the latest chapter in what is now a twelve-year legal battle, plaintiffs seeking to bring gender-based disparate treatment and disparate impact claims against Wal-Mart with regard to the retail giant’s pay and promotion...more

Employment Flash - July 2013

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court Issues Two Important Decisions Under Title VII - Supreme Court Holds Lone Plaintiff’s FLSA Collective Action Is Moot When Claims Are Resolved Before Certification -...more

Class Action Alert: Recent Developments Favorable for Employers

Individualized Proof of Damages Can Block Class Certification Under Rule 23(b)(3) - The United States Supreme Court in Comcast v. Behrend continued its trend of disfavoring class certification of cases involving...more

Did You Know…Class Certification Denied In Wang v. Chinese Daily News

In Wang v. Chinese Daily News, the Ninth Circuit reversed the class certification it had previously affirmed and remanded the matter for further consideration of Rule 23(a) commonality and Rule 23(b)(3) predominance. ...more

Sixth Circuit Further Defines Requirements of Commonality Under Dukes; Distinguishes Seventh Circuit Case Relaxing Those...

In a recent case, Miller v. Countrywide Bank (In re Countrywide Financial Corp. Mortgage Lending Practices Litigation), — F.3d —, No. 12-5250, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 924 (6th Cir. Jan. 15, 2013), the Sixth Circuit provided more...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Fair Lending Class Certification Denial

On January 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of class certification sought by a proposed class of borrowers alleging that a lender’s mortgage loan pricing policy, which...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2013

In This Issue: - $1.347 Million Award To Former General Counsel For Breach Of Implied Contract Is Upheld - Faigin v. Signature Group Holdings, Inc., 211 Cal. App. 4th 726 (2012) - $114,000 Pregnancy...more

Eastern District Refuses To Rely On Dukes To Kill Class Claims At Pleadings Stage Of Sex Bias Lawsuit

Calibuso, et al. v. Bank of America Corp., et al., No. 10-CV-1413(JFB)(ETB) (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 27, 2012, Bianco, J.): The plaintiffs, on behalf of a Rule 23 putative class of financial advisors, claimed that Bank of America’s...more

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