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N.D. Ohio Finds Putative Fax Blast Class Action Fails to Meet Commonality Requirement

A district court in the Northern District of Ohio recently denied a plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a TCPA blast fax case, finding that the proposed class failed to meet the commonality requirement under Federal...more

Massachusetts Court Refuses to Certify Case Involving Alleged Independent Contractor Misclassification

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently issued a case involving the straight-forward application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011),...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third 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...more

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Address Certification Issues Raised by Whirlpool & Related Washing Machine Class Actions

On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in three “moldy” washing machine class actions, which presented questions regarding Fed. R. Civ. P. 23’s commonality and predominance requirements as clarified by...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Class Action Alleging Groundwater Contamination From Refinery Because Homeowners’ Claims Lack Commonality

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed the certification of a class of property owners who alleged an Illinois refinery leaked potentially carcinogenic chemicals into their property and water...more

Third Circuit Affirms Denial Of Final Approval Of Proposed Settlement And Certification Of Settlement Class Based On Lack Of...

The Third Circuit rejected plaintiffs’ arguments that the district court abused its discretion by overstepping its authority in declining to certify a settlement class and in misapplying Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, in...more

California Federal Court Denies Class Certification In Song-Beverly Credit Card Act Case

On October 4, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied certification of a putative class of consumers that had alleged a major retailer’s policy of requiring online customers to provide their...more

A Look at Class Certification through the Lens of In re: Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation:...

Several opinions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during the past few years have made it more difficult for plaintiffs to obtain class certification. Despite the hurdles erected by the Supreme Court’s recent opinion in...more

Sixth Circuit Affirms Refusal to Certify Disparate Impact Sex Discrimination Case

On May 30, 2013, the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Davis v. Cintas Corporation, Case No. 10-1662 (6th Cir. May 30, 2013), in which it upheld a district court’s refusal to certify a disparate impact Title VII case, but...more

Hannaford vs. comScore—Up and Down Results for Privacy Class Action Defendants

Sighs of relief by class actions defendants following the denial of class certification in Hannaford may give way to renewed uncertainty now that a massive class, estimated by the plaintiffs' lawyer to be more than a million...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

Domino's Pizza Drivers Fail to Deliver Common Circumstances to the Eighth Circuit

Despite their work uniforms and company cars, pizza delivery drivers do not have much in common (at least according to the Eighth Circuit). Recently, in Luiken v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, No. 12-1216, 2013 WL 399248 (8th...more

Dukes Dooms Domino’s Delivery Drivers’ Class Action

The Eighth Circuit recently reaffirmed one of the central holdings of Dukes v. Wal-Mart—commonality is no longer a “rubber stamp.” In Luiken v. Domino’s Pizza, a Domino’s delivery driver sought to represent a class of about...more

The Unheard Tree: The Struggle Over Unmanifested Defects in Consumer Class Actions

One of the most famous questions in philosophy is “if a tree fell in a forest and nobody was there to hear it, would it still make a sound?” A similar question dominates the world of consumer class actions. If a product...more

Plaintiffs Must Offer "Significant Proof" Of A Common Policy Or Practice To Satisfy Commonality Under Rule 23 Post-Dukes

On January 28, 2013, Hon. George King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order in Pedroza v. PetSmart, Inc. denying class certification of exempt misclassification claims...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

A “Sea Change” In Florida Law?

The Florida Supreme Court issued in intriguing opinion in Soper v. Tire Kingdom, Inc., No. SC11-1462, which provokes questions about the trajectory of Florida class action law. In Tire Kingdom, the court reversed and...more

Developments in Law, Factual Discovery Lead Federal Judge to Decertify Class Action

In Campbell v. First American, a federal judge in Maine has issued a ruling decertifying a class action involving claims that First American Title Insurance Co. overcharged refinance customers for their title insurance....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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