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Class Representative’s Motion To Remand For Insufficient Amount In Controversy Doesn’t Add Up

A Kentucky federal court recently ruled that a class plaintiff may not defeat removal by understating the aggregate amount in controversy alleged in her complaint....more

The Adequacy Of Class Representatives Whose Legal Interests Are Antagonistic To Class Members’ Non-Legal Interests

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a)(4) requires that ‘‘the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class.’’ This is a wonderfully simple directive. So, what happens when absent class...more

State Farm’s Relentless Pursuit to Deny Coverage for TCPA Cases

As policyholder lawyers, one can usually count on a few basic mistakes that insurers will make. First, they wrongfully deny coverage and fail to defend. They abandon their insured who is then left to its own devices to...more

Belgian Class Actions - The Final Stretch

The Belgian collective redress act (hereafter the Collective Redress Act) was signed into law just before the Easter break on 27 March 2014 and is expected to enter into force in the next couple of months (a royal decree...more

California District Court Holds That Named Plaintiff’s Lack Of Credibility On Key Issue Renders Him An Inadequate Class...

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied class certification in a product mislabeling case after holding that named plaintiff lacked credibility on a material issue and, therefore, could not be an...more

Floodgates To New York Telemarketing Class Actions Under The TCPA Are Open, Says Second Circuit

Just in time for the holidays, the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Bank v. Independence Energy Group LLC has dropped a lump of coal in the business community’s stocking. In this case, the “lump of coal” is an open door to...more

Third Circuit Finds That Putative Class Representatives Could Not Challenge Decertification Of An FLSA Collective Action Once They...

While the now familiar two-step process for determining certification of FLSA collective actions may have been introduced based on valid concerns, it is increasingly vexing for employers in cases where they have either done...more

Incentive Award Guidance From Recent Class Actions

Class representatives play a vital role in competition and other class actions. They participate in the litigation process as an individual plaintiff would — devoting their time and resources to the case, and undertaking...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - June 14, 2013

In this issue: - CFTC Expands List of Acceptable Legal Entity Identifiers - CFTC Delays Effective Date for Clearing Exemption for Swaps Between Affiliates - “Sophisticated Plaintiff” Found to Be Adequate...more

Incentive Awards Corrupted Class Action Settlement By Undermining Adequacy Of Class Representatives And Counsel

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently considered “the issue of whether class representatives and class counsel are adequate where the settlement agreement conditions payment of incentive awards on...more

Disproportionately Favoring the Named Plaintiffs Kills Settlement, Says Sixth Circuit

The Sixth Circuit recently limited defendants’ ability to craft settlements that disproportionately favor the class representatives. Vassalle v. Midland Funding LLC, — F.3d –, 2013 WL 673517 (6th Cir. Feb. 26, 2013). Though...more

Individualized Causation and Reliance Defenses Render Class Representative Inadequate in the Northern District of Illinois

Class action defense practitioners routinely face uphill battles on the issue of individualized defenses for class members. However, these arguments should not be overlooked as tools to defeat class certification. Lipton v....more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Class Trial By [Un]Representative Sample

In Espenscheid v. DirectSat USA, LLC, Case No. 12-1943 (7th Cir. Feb. 4, 2013), in a combined collective/class action asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law, three satellite installation technicians...more

Class Certification Denied In Recent Consumer Products False Advertising Cases

In a number of recent district court decisions from across the country, courts have denied requests to certify nationwide or statewide classes in cases involving consumer products. These decisions could prove helpful in...more

New Seventh Circuit Decision May Pave the Way for More Stringent Certification Standards in FLSA Collective Actions

In a decision that may significantly impact certification and decertification decisions in FLSA collective actions, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decertification of a Rule 23 class and...more

Seventh Circuit Allows Class Certification Despite Attorney Misconduct

Do you ever wonder how plaintiffs’ class action lawyers find their class representatives? And whether there is any possibility of defeating class certification if their efforts are sleazy or downright unethical?...more

Seventh Circuit Holds That Individualized Damages Preclude Certification

On Monday, February 4, the Seventh Circuit decided Espenscheid v. DirectSat, Inc. The decision is notable for two holdings. First, Judge Posner held, rather summarily, that there is no good reason to distinguish certification...more

The Seventh Circuit Affirms That The District Court Bit Off More Than It Could Chew By Affirming Decertification In Collective...

Hollywood certainly believes that it’s often easier to reach back into the well than to spend time creating something new. (See, e.g., any movie series that has more than one sequel.) Sometimes, we here at the Employment...more

Better Know a Plaintiff: A Lesson from the Skinnygirl Margarita Class Action Lawsuit

Regular viewers of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report – the author’s preferred source of punditry – should be familiar with the recurring segment, “Better Know a District.” In that segment, Stephen Colbert comically provides...more

Delaware Supreme Court Allows Opt-Out Right in Securities Case Certified on Equitable Grounds

In In Re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation, No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the lower Court of Chancery and ruled that a large holder of Celera Corporation (“Celera”) shares...more

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Settlement of Class Action Deal Litigation

In the final days of 2012, the Delaware Supreme Court resolved an appeal arising out of class action litigation concerning the sale of Celera Corporation to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. The litigation was settled by agreement of...more

In re Celera Corp. S’holder Litig., No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012)

In this en banc decision, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s certification of a class representative in a breach of fiduciary duty action, even though the class representative sold its stock in the...more

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